binding energy


Definition of binding energy

: the energy required to break up a molecule, atom, or atomic nucleus completely into its constituent particles

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That suggests each pentaquark is just a baryon bound to a meson, with a tiny bit of mass taken up in binding energy. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Exotic particles called pentaquarks may be less weird than previously thought," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of binding energy

1907, in the meaning defined above

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