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CERN

  1. European Laboratory for Particle Physics; formerly called European Organization for Nuclear Research: an international research organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Origin of CERN

< French, for C(onseil) e(uropéen pour la) r(echerche) n(ucléaire)
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CERN

n acronym for
  1. Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire; an organization of European states with a centre in Geneva for research in high-energy particle physics, now called the European Laboratory for Particle Physics
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CERN

An acronym for French words meaning European Center for Nuclear Research. Supported by a consortium of European countries, CERN is an advanced scientific research institute in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the premier locations for particle physics research.

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After the year 2007, CERN will be the location of the world's largest particle accelerator.
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