fis·​sion·​able | \ ˈfi-shə-nə-bəl How to pronounce fissionable (audio) , -zhə-; ˈfish-nə-, ˈfizh- \

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fissionability \ ˌfi-​shə-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce fissionability (audio) , -​zhə-​ ; ˌfish-​nə-​ , ˌfizh-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of fissionable

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fissionable

fission entry 1 + -able

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“Fissionable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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fis·​sion·​able | \ ˈfish-(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce fissionable (audio) , ˈfizh- How to pronounce fissionable (audio) \

Medical Definition of fissionable

: capable of undergoing fission and especially atomic fission

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