positronic

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positron +‎ -ic. Coined by Isaac Asimov in his 1941 short story "Liar!".

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positronic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to positrons.
    • 1937 September 1, Clifford Holley and Seymour Bernstein, “Grating Space of Barium-Copper-Stearate Films”, in Physical Review, volume 52, page 525:
      The element bombarded should be of high isotopic content, and should not give any other positronic radioelement whose lifetime is comparable to the one looked for.
  2. (science fiction) Of or pertaining to a supposed analogue of electronics using positrons
    • 1941 May, Asimov, Isaac, “Liar!”, in Astounding Science-Fiction, volume 27, number 3:
      By exact count, there are seventy-five thousand, two hundred and thirty-four operations necessary for the manufacture of a single positronic brain.

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