# hypercharge

hy·per·chargePhysics a characteristic of a group of elementary particles: it is a number equal to twice the average charge of the group divided by the elementary charge

Origin of hypercharge

from*hyperonic charge*from hyperon + -ic

## hypercharge

noun

**Y**

A quantum number equal to twice the mean electric charge of a particle multiplet.

## hypercharge

Noun

(*plural* hypercharges)

- (physics) A quantum characteristic of a group of subatomic particles governed by the strong force that is related to strangeness and is represented by a number equal to twice the average value of the electric charge of the group.

Origin

Short for hyperonic charge.