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[spaw-ley-shuh n] /spɔˈleɪ ʃən/
noun, Physics.
a nuclear reaction in which several nucleons are released from the nucleus of an atom.
Origin of spallation
First recorded in 1945-50; spall + -ation Unabridged
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  • Two general types of reactions, known as spallation and fragmentation, are distinguished.

    LRL Accelerators Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
British Dictionary definitions for spallation


(physics) a type of nuclear reaction in which a photon or particle hits a nucleus and causes it to emit many other particles or photons
Word Origin
C20: from spall + -ation
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spallation in Medicine

spallation spal·la·tion (spô-lā'shən)

  1. A nuclear reaction in which nuclei are bombarded by high-energy particles, causing the liberation of protons and alpha particles.

  2. Fragmentation.

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