Ionizing radiation is radiation that has enough energy to eject electrons from electrically neutral atoms, giving rise to charged atoms, or ions.
Ionizing radiation may consist of streams of high-energy particles or high-frequency (short-wavelength) electromagnetic radiation, including:
Ionizing radiation can have a particularly serious effect on biological tissues, although this depends much on the type of radiation and the extent of exposure.
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