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A nuclear reaction in which a single large nucleus splits into two or more smaller nuclei. In some cases, for example with uranium, energy is released in this process.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
notes for fission, nuclear
The fission of uranium 235, an isotope of uranium, supplies energy for nuclear reactors and atomic bombs (see also atomic bomb).
Words nearby fission, nuclear
fissile, fission, fissionable, fission bomb, fission-fusion bomb, fission, nuclear, fission product, fission reactor, fission track, fission-track dating, fissipalmate
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