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nuclear physics

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of physics that deals with the behavior, structure, and component parts of atomic nuclei.
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear physics

nuclear physics

(functioning as sing) the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behaviour of the nucleus and the particles of which it consists
Derived Forms
nuclear physicist, noun
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nuclear physics in Science
nuclear physics  
The scientific study of the structure and behavior atomic nuclei. See also neutron, proton, strong force.

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