nucleon

noun
nu·​cle·​on | \ ˈnü-klē-ˌän How to pronounce nucleon (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nucleon

1 : a proton or neutron especially in the atomic nucleus
2 : a hypothetical single entity with one-half unit of isospin that can manifest itself as either a proton or a neutron

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Other Words from nucleon

nucleonic \ ˌnü-​klē-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce nucleonic (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of nucleon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her model explained why certain numbers of nucleons make for stable atomic configurations. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 Her model explained why certain numbers of nucleons make for stable atomic configurations. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 Her model explained why certain numbers of nucleons make for stable atomic configurations. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 Her model explained why certain numbers of nucleons make for stable atomic configurations. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "37 Women Who’ve Upended Science, Tech, and Engineering For the Better," 25 Feb. 2020 The isotope is created by a nuclear reaction, and the research team believes the nucleus wobbles because of one extra nucleon. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Sad: This Isotope Lives for Just 8 Minutes and Leaves Behind a Wobbly Nucleus," 12 Feb. 2020 Plenty of nuclei have odd numbers of nucleons overall, but this gold isotope is a rare one because of the wobbling. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Sad: This Isotope Lives for Just 8 Minutes and Leaves Behind a Wobbly Nucleus," 12 Feb. 2020 Oxygen atoms, for example, have eight protons, but may have eight or ten neutrons, for a total of 16 or 18 nucleons. The Economist, "Who did the Maya sacrifice?," 1 Aug. 2019 Atomic nuclei are made of protons and neutrons, known collectively as nucleons. The Economist, "Who did the Maya sacrifice?," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nucleon

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nucleon

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The first known use of nucleon was in 1923

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“Nucleon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleon. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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nucleon

noun
nu·​cle·​on | \ ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌän How to pronounce nucleon (audio) \

Medical Definition of nucleon

: a nuclear particle:
a : proton

Other Words from nucleon

nucleonic \ ˌn(y)ü-​klē-​ˈän-​ik How to pronounce nucleonic (audio) \ adjective

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