Oppenheimer-Volkoff limit

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Oppenheimer-Volkoff limit

[′äp·ən‚hī·mər ′fȯl‚kȯf ‚lim·ət]
(astronomy)
The upper limit on the mass of a neutron star, above which there is no stable equilibrium configuration and it is predicted that matter will collapse into a black hole.
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For neutron stars with a mass greater than the Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff limit (about 3 to 4 solar masses), the star will collapse to form a black hole.