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View in Spanish: Acelerador lineal de megavoltaje

Mega-voltage linear accelerator
A machine that uses electricity to form a stream of fast-moving subatomic particles. This creates high-energy radiation that may be used to treat cancer. Also called linac, linear accelerator, and MeV linear accelerator.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.