fission, nuclear


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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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).
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