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fissile

[fis-uh l] /ˈfɪs əl/
adjective
1.
capable of being split or divided; cleavable.
2.
Physics.
  1. fissionable.
  2. (of a nuclide) capable of undergoing fission induced by low-energy neutrons, as uranium 233 and 235.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin fissilis, equivalent to fiss(us) (see fissi-) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
fissility, noun
nonfissile, adjective
nonfissility, noun
unfissile, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonfissile

fissile

/ˈfɪsaɪl/
adjective
1.
(Brit) capable of undergoing nuclear fission as a result of the impact of slow neutrons
2.
(US & Canadian) another word for fissionable
3.
tending to split or capable of being split
Derived Forms
fissility (fɪˈsɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fissilis, from fissus split; see fissi-
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Word Origin and History for nonfissile
fissile
1660s, from L. fissilis, from findere (see fissure).
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