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fission

noun [U] uk   /ˈfɪʃ.ən/ us  
specialized physics the process of dividing the nucleus of an atom, which results in the release of a large amount of energy : nuclear fission specialized biology the division of a living cell as part of reproduction: The fission of the cell could be inhibited with certain chemicals.
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