fissionable

adjective
fis·sion·able | \ˈfi-shə-nə-bəl, -zhə-;ˈfish-nə-, ˈfizh-\

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fissionability \ˌfi-shə-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -zhə-; ˌfish-nə-, ˌfizh- \ noun

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Other fissionable atoms, Pu-239 for example, produce different suites of fission products. Andrew Karam, Popular Mechanics, "Nuclear Forensics: How Scientists Can Tell Whether North Korea Is Lying About Its Bomb Test," 7 Jan. 2016 A criticality accident is an uncontrolled chain reaction involving a fissionable material like plutonium that releases energy and generates a deadly burst of radiation. Patrick Malone And R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post, "Safety lapses undermine nuclear warhead work at Los Alamos," 18 June 2017 After being sent to the weapons laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Fuchs spent his time devising a method of imploding the fissionable core of the plutonium bomb. Tony Long, WIRED, "Oct. 18, 1945: Red Spy Steals U.S. Atom Bomb Secrets," 18 Oct. 2011

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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fission entry 1 + -able

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fissionable

adjective
fis·sion·able | \ˈfish-(ə-)nə-bəl, ˈfizh- \

Medical Definition of fissionable 

: capable of undergoing fission and especially atomic fission

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