uranium 235

noun

Definition of uranium 235

: a light isotope of uranium of mass number 235 that constitutes less than one percent of natural uranium, that when bombarded with slow neutrons undergoes rapid fission into smaller atoms with the release of neutrons and energy, and that is used in nuclear reactors and atomic bombs

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Recent Examples on the Web Increasing the proportion of uranium 235 is known as enrichment. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 5 Nov. 2019 Increasing the proportion of uranium 235 is known as enrichment. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Iran Adds Advanced Centrifuges, Further Weakening Nuclear Deal," 4 Nov. 2019 Anyone can see that fissioning uranium 235 or plutonium can be used to generate electricity. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the January 2018 Issue," 1 Jan. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2019

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“Uranium 235.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uranium%20235. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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uranium 235

noun

Medical Definition of uranium 235

: a light isotope of uranium of mass number 235 that when bombarded with slow neutrons undergoes rapid fission into smaller atoms with the release of neutrons and energy

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