nuclear force


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nuclear force

[′nü·klē·ər ′fȯrs]
(nuclear physics)
That part of the force between nucleons which is not electromagnetic; it is much stronger than electromagnetic forces, but drops off very rapidly at distances greater than about 10-13 centimeter; it is responsible for holding the nucleus together.
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