pairing energy

pairing energy

[′per·iŋ ‚en·ər·jē]
(nuclear physics)
An energy associated with extra stability of pairs of nucleons of the same kind, which results in nuclei with odd numbers of neutrons and protons having a lower binding energy and being less stable than nuclei with even numbers of neutrons and protons.
References in periodicals archive ?
Most health experts warn against pairing energy drinks with alcohol, since the combination of stimulants and depressants may be dangerous.