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disintegration

[dis‚in·tə′grā·shən]
(nuclear physics)
Any transformation of a nucleus, whether spontaneous or induced by irradiation, in which particles or photons are emitted.

disintegration

Of concrete or the like, the deterioration into small fragments or particles.
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Disintegration processes are also an important part of the human realm--for instance, the smashing of windows, the pulverizing of ore, and the deadly detonations of bombs, as well as the benign breaking of spaghetti.
The snapshots reveal previously unseen details of fiery disintegrations at the core of a giant, energy-focusing machine called Z.
One explanation for the extra instances of the decays may lie in an alternative theory called supersymmetry, which posits yet-undiscovered particles that could account for the disintegrations.

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