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nucleosynthesis

Syllabification: nu·cle·o·syn·the·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͞oklēōˈsinTHəsəs
 
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Definition of nucleosynthesis in English:

noun

Astronomy
The cosmic formation of atoms more complex than the hydrogen atom.
Example sentences
  • They more or less figured out the whole story, including predictions for primordial nucleosynthesis and the cosmic microwave background.
  • Before nucleosynthesis begins, protons and neutrons are continually interconverting by means of weak nuclear interactions (the nuclear interactions are described in more detail a bit later on).
  • Physicists call this process nucleosynthesis, and it had to occur before the structures we observed today, such as atoms and molecules, could exist.

Derivatives

nucleosynthetic

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Pronunciation: /-sinˈT͟Hetik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Slightly elevated relative abundances of the heavy metals osmium through bismuth are related to their nuclear stability and nucleosynthetic processes, as are other second-order features of the abundance curve.
  • They proposed eight main nucleosynthetic processes in star interiors, all starting from hydrogen.

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