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fission,

in physics: see nuclear energynuclear energy,
the energy stored in the nucleus of an atom and released through fission, fusion, or radioactivity. In these processes a small amount of mass is converted to energy according to the relationship E = mc2, where E is energy, m
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 and nucleusnucleus,
in physics, the extremely dense central core of an atom. The Nature of the Nucleus
Composition

Atomic nuclei are composed of two types of particles, protons and neutrons, which are collectively known as nucleons.
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; see also atomic bombatomic bomb
or A-bomb,
weapon deriving its explosive force from the release of nuclear energy through the fission (splitting) of heavy atomic nuclei. The first atomic bomb was produced at the Los Alamos, N.Mex., laboratory and successfully tested on July 16, 1945.
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fission

(fish -ŏn) See nuclear fission.
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fission

[′fish·ən]
(biology)
A method of asexual reproduction among bacteria, algae, and protozoans by which the organism splits into two or more parts, each part becoming a complete organism.
(nuclear physics)
The division of an atomic nucleus into parts of comparable mass; usually restricted to heavier nuclei such as isotopes of uranium, plutonium, and thorium. Also known as atomic fission; nuclear fission.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fission

1. Biology a form of asexual reproduction in single-celled animals and plants involving a division into two or more equal parts that develop into new cells
2. short for nuclear fission
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