nuclear atom


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nuclear atom

[′nü·klē·ər ′ad·əm]
(chemistry)
An atomic structure consisting of dense, positively charged nucleus (neutrons and protons) surrounded by a corresponding set of negatively charged electrons.
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However, now that science had accepted Rutherford's nuclear atom (see 1911), it seemed possible that under some conditions atoms might break down and the nuclei approach each other more closely than in ordinary matter.