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photodisintegration

[foh-toh-di-sin-ti-grey-shuh n]
noun Physics.
  1. the disintegration of a nucleus, induced by its absorption of a photon.
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Origin of photodisintegration

First recorded in 1930–35; photo- + disintegration
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British Dictionary definitions for photodisintegration

photodisintegration

noun
  1. disintegration of an atomic nucleus as a result of its absorption of a photon, usually a gamma ray
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