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nuclear fission

fission (def 2).
Origin of nuclear fission
1885-90 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear fission

nuclear fission

the splitting of an atomic nucleus into approximately equal parts, either spontaneously or as a result of the impact of a particle usually with an associated release of energy Sometimes shortened to fission Compare nuclear fusion
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