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 nucleosynthetic (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of nucleosynthesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "E. Margaret Burbidge, astronomer who blazed trails on Earth, 100," 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, "E. Margaret Burbidge, astronomer who blazed trails on Earth, 100," 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, "E. Margaret Burbidge, astronomer who blazed trails on Earth, 100," 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, "E. Margaret Burbidge, astronomer who blazed trails on Earth, 100," 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, "E. Margaret Burbidge, astronomer who blazed trails on Earth, 100," 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, New York Times, "E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100," 6 Apr. 2020 Then came several minutes of nucleosynthesis, when these subatomic particles fused to form the nuclei of the first atoms — mostly hydrogen and helium. Dan Falk /, NBC News, "What is the Big Bang theory?," 9 June 2018 Beginning of the End In its younger days, Cassiopeia A began a process called nucleosynthesis, during which hydrogen and helium began fusing in its core to create heavier elements. National Geographic, "See How a Massive Supernova Released the Building Blocks of Life," 10 Jan. 2018

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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