mass number

noun

Definition of mass number

: an integer that approximates the mass of an isotope and designates the number of nucleons in the nucleus

Examples of mass number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Madhavan added that in rural areas, young girls might drop out of school in mass numbers. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 3 July 2019 Madhavan added that in rural areas, young girls might drop out of school in mass numbers. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 3 July 2019 Madhavan added that in rural areas, young girls might drop out of school in mass numbers. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 3 July 2019 That means that the agricultural industry, when using these antibiotics as bulking agents, is allowing mass numbers of drug-resistant bacteria to become part of our food chain. K.n.c., The Economist, "How what’s in our heads changes what’s in the world," 15 Nov. 2019 The pilot whale is notorious for stranding in mass numbers, for reasons that are not entirely understood. Washington Post, "Pilot whales strand on Iceland beach in group of 50 or more," 20 July 2019 Madhavan added that in rural areas, young girls might drop out of school in mass numbers. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 An initial look at comments supporting the blackout repeal didn’t indicate similar issues with fake names or mass numbers of identical letters. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The NFL’s Other Problem: Fake Fans Lobbying for the Blackout," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mass number

1923, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Mass number.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mass%20number. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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mass number

noun

Medical Definition of mass number

: an integer that approximates the mass of an isotope and that designates the number of nucleons in the nucleus the symbol for carbon of mass number 14 is 14C or C14 — compare atomic mass

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