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nucleon

[ noo-klee-on, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu kliˌɒn, ˈnyu- /
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noun Physics.
a proton or neutron, especially when considered as a component of a nucleus.
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Origin of nucleon

First recorded in 1935–40; nucle(us) + -on1

OTHER WORDS FROM nucleon

nu·cle·on·ic, adjectivein·ter·nu·cle·on, adjectivein·ter·nu·cle·on·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nucleon

nucleon
/ (ˈnjuːklɪˌɒn) /

noun
a proton or neutron, esp one present in an atomic nucleus

Word Origin for nucleon

C20: from nucle (us) + -on
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Medical definitions for nucleon

nucleon
[ nōōklē-ŏn′ ]

n.
A proton or neutron, especially as part of an atomic nucleus.

Other words from nucleon

nu′cle•onic adj.
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Scientific definitions for nucleon

nucleon
[ nōōklē-ŏn′ ]

A proton or a neutron, especially as part of an atomic nucleus.
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