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subcritical

[ suhb-krit-i-kuhl ]
/ sʌbˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /
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adjective
Physics. pertaining to a state, value, or quantity that is less than critical, especially to a mass of radioactive material.
being of less than critical importance.
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Origin of subcritical

First recorded in 1940–45; sub- + critical
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British Dictionary definitions for subcritical

subcritical
/ (sʌbˈkrɪtɪkəl) /

adjective
physics (of a nuclear reaction, power station, etc) having or involving a chain reaction that is not self-sustaining; not yet critical
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