- (particles) A particle with totally symmetric composite quantum states, which exempts them from the Pauli exclusion principle, and that obey Bose-Einstein statistics. They have integer spin. Among them are many elementary particles, and some (gauge bosons) are known to carry the fundamental forces. Compare fermion.
Etymology: From w:Satyendra Nath Bose, SN Bose (Indian physicist) + -on.
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- Italian: Bosone
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