breeder reactor


noun

a type of nuclear reactor that produces more fissionable material than it consumesCompare converter reactor See also fast-breeder reactor
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Scientific definitions for breeder reactor

breeder reactor
[ brēdər ]

A nuclear reactor that is used to create fissionable material (such as plutonium-239) by exposing nonfissionable material (such as uranium-238) to radiation. The source of the radiation is usually some other fissionable material. Breeder reactors produce more fissionable material than they use up.
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Cultural definitions for breeder reactor

breeder reactor

A nuclear reactor in which plutonium and other materials are produced as a by-product.

notes for breeder reactor

Breeder reactors are designed to produce more fuel than they consume.

notes for breeder reactor

The development of the breeder reactor has been stopped in the United States, but continues to be pursued in Europe and Japan.
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