Share this entry

Share this page

China syndrome

Syllabification: Chi·na syn·drome

Definition of China syndrome in English:

noun

A hypothetical sequence of events following the meltdown of a nuclear reactor, in which the core melts through its containment structure and deep into the earth.
Example sentences
  • It'll be like the China syndrome, but reversed.
  • It may have something to do with the China syndrome.
  • Hedge funds are derivatives on steroids, and the near collapse of one hedge fund nearly caused the financial equivalent of ‘the China syndrome.’

Origin

1970s: from China (as being on the opposite side of the earth from a reactor in the US).

Definition of China syndrome in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…