uranium hexafluoride

noun
uranium hexa·​flu·​o·​ride | \-ˌhek-sə-ˈflȯr-ˌīd, -ˈflu̇r-\

Definition of uranium hexafluoride 

: a volatile compound UF6 of uranium and fluorine that is used in one major process of enriching uranium in uranium 235

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In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. The Christian Science Monitor, "Iranian nuclear enrichment signals resistance to US sanctions," 28 June 2018 In 2005, Iran acknowledged converting yellowcake into uranium tetrafluoride, a step below the uranium hexafluoride needed for centrifuges. Fox News, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 Iran a short time later removed U.N. seals from equipment to produce uranium hexafluoride, again stopping as negotiations with the West continued. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 Iran a short time later removed U.N. seals from equipment to produce uranium hexafluoride, again stopping as negotiations with the West continued. Fox News, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 Iran a short time later removed UN seals from equipment to produce uranium hexafluoride, again stopping as negotiations with the West continued. The Christian Science Monitor, "Iranian nuclear enrichment signals resistance to US sanctions," 28 June 2018 This is where uranium hexafluoride gas is fed into a column spinning at upward of 100,000 rotations per minute. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Here, uranium is reacted with fluorine to make uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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