Physics. a measure of the stability of an atomic nucleus, equal to 104 multiplied by the mass defect and divided by the mass number.
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Origin of packing fraction
First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for packing fraction
a measure of the stability of a nucleus, equal to the difference between its mass in amu and its mass number, divided by the mass number
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Scientific definitions for packing fraction
[ păk′ĭng ]
The ratio of the total volume of a set of objects packed into a space to the volume of that space.
The difference between the isotopic mass of a nuclide and its mass number, divided by its mass number. The packing fraction is often interpreted as a measure of the stability of the nucleus.
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