residence time

noun
1.
Also called residence. Chemistry. the length of time a substance remains in the adsorbed, suspended, or dissolved state.
2.
Physics. the length of time radioactive material, as gas or particles, remains in the atmosphere after detonation of a nuclear device.
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Example sentences
The shorter the residence time, the higher the reactor temperature must be.
Residence time is the amount of time the fuel mixture remains in the combustion
  chamber.
Residence time is a key parameter affecting the degree to which decontamination
  is achievable.
The timing of reservoir releases changes the residence time of water in the
  reservoir and the pattern of downstream flows.
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