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subatomic

[suhb-uh-tom-ik] /ˌsʌb əˈtɒm ɪk/
adjective, Physics.
1.
of or relating to a process that occurs within an atom.
2.
noting or pertaining to a particle or particles contained in an atom, as electrons, protons, or neutrons.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; sub- + atomic
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  • They are composed largely of gas and plasma, a superheated state of matter composed of subatomic particles.
  • For example, it shows that the decay of subatomic particles is necessarily probabilistic.
  • Matter is programmed at the subatomic level to respond in predetermined ways.
  • Latest data show the subatomic particles continue to break the speed limit.
  • Long before the galaxies even formed, the universe was filled with a plasma of atomic nuclei and subatomic particles.
  • The macro element was the resonator, but the quantum effect was the vibration, which was at the subatomic level.
  • The typical behaviors of subatomic particles are not going to be observed in the macroscopic world.
  • The last two are the ones that work at the subatomic level.
  • It is the dimension of time, the quantum probability ocean, and subatomic particles spontaneously appear and disappear into it.
  • Quantum mechanics describes phenomena at the subatomic level.
British Dictionary definitions for subatomic

subatomic

/ˌsʌbəˈtɒmɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or being a particle making up an atom or a process occurring within atoms: the electron is a subatomic particle
2.
having dimensions smaller than atomic dimensions
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Word Origin and History for subatomic
adj.

1903, from sub-atom (1880), from sub- + atomic.

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subatomic in Medicine

subatomic sub·a·tom·ic (sŭb'ə-tŏm'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the constituents of the atom.

  2. Having dimensions or participating in reactions characteristic of the constituents of the atom.

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subatomic in Culture

subatomic definition


A descriptive term for objects and events within the atom.

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