nuclear spin

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nuclear spin

[′nü·klē·ər ′spin]
(nuclear physics)
The total angular momentum of an atomic nucleus, resulting from the coupled spin and orbital angular momenta of its constituent nuclei. Also known as nuclear angular momentum. Symbolized I.
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