carbon-nitrogen-oxygen bicycle

carbon-nitrogen-oxygen bicycle

[¦kär·bən ¦nī·trə·jən ¦äk·sə·jən ′bī‚sī·kəl]
(nuclear physics)
The pair of carbon-nitrogen-oxygen cycles formed from the original carbon-nitrogen cycle and an alternative cycle that results when proton capture by a nitrogen-15 nucleus results in the formation of an oxygen-16 nucleus.