nucleosynthesis

noun
nu·​cle·​o·​syn·​the·​sis | \ ˌnü-klē-ō-ˈsin(t)-thə-səs How to pronounce nucleosynthesis (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of nucleosynthesis

: the production of a chemical element from simpler nuclei (as of hydrogen) especially in a star

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Other Words from nucleosynthesis

nucleosynthetic \ ˌnü-​klē-​ō-​sin-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce nucleosynthesis (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of nucleosynthesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deuterium’s creation was the first step in Big Bang nucleosynthesis, a sequence of nuclear reactions that occurred when the cosmos was a super hot but rapidly cooling soup of protons and neutrons. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2020 Since then, observations of the cosmic microwave background have become increasingly precise, putting pressure on physicists who study Big Bang nucleosynthesis to match that precision — and so allow a comparison of the two epochs. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2020 Big Bang nucleosynthesis also enabled physicists to predict the number of different types of neutrinos, which helped drive cosmic expansion. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2020 In it, the authors argued that nearly all of the chemical elements, from aluminum to zinc, are forged in the bodies of stars, a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2020 In it, the authors argued that nearly all of the chemical elements, from aluminum to zinc, are forged in the bodies of stars, a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2020 In it, the authors argued that nearly all of the chemical elements, from aluminum to zinc, are forged in the bodies of stars, a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2020 In it, the authors argued that nearly all of the chemical elements, from aluminum to zinc, are forged in the bodies of stars, a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2020 In it, the authors argued that nearly all of the chemical elements, from aluminum to zinc, are forged in the bodies of stars, a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nucleosynthesis

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nucleosynthesis

New Latin

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“Nucleosynthesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleosynthesis. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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