helium burning(redirected from Helium fusion)
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helium burningThe nuclear fusion of three helium nuclei to form carbon. See triple alpha process.
helium burning[′hē·lē·əm ‚bərn·iŋ]
The synthesis of elements in stars through the fusion of three alpha particles to form a carbon-12 nucleus, followed by further captures of alpha particles.