β

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Greek lc beta.svg
β U+03B2, β
GREEK SMALL LETTER BETA
α
[U+03B1]
Greek and Coptic γ
[U+03B3]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Symbol[edit]

β

  1. The second letter of the Greek alphabet.
  2. (IPA) voiced bilabial fricative.
  3. (chemistry) Used in chemical nomenclature to refer to the second of several isomers, positions or variations.
    β-carotene is the most well-known isomer of tetraterpene hydrocarbons, C40H56.
  4. (topology) Stone–Čech compactification
  5. (physics) beta ray, beta particle, beta radiation
  6. (physics) speed (of something) divided by the speed of light

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from its majuscule counterpart Β, from the Phoenician letter 𐤁, beth.

Letter[edit]

β (b) (lowercase, uppercase Β)

  1. Lower-case beta (βήτα), the second letter of the ancient Greek alphabet. It represented the voiced bilabial plosive: /b/. It is preceded by α and followed by γ.

Derived terms[edit]

See also beta

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Greek[edit]

Letter[edit]

β (b) (lowercase, uppercase Β)

  1. Lower-case beta (βήτα), the second letter of the modern Greek alphabet. It represents the voiced labiodental fricative: /v/. It is preceded by α and followed by γ.
Derived terms[edit]
  • β' (v', two, 2)
  • (,v, two thousand, 2,000)

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