China Syndrome

noun

Definition of China Syndrome

  1. :  meltdown 1

Origin and Etymology of china syndrome

from the notion that the molten reactor contents could hypothetically sink through the earth to reach China


First Known Use: 1970

Learn More about china syndrome


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up China Syndrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

acid in temper, mood, or tone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!