from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles.
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- noun physics the
differencebetween the mass of an atomand the sum of the masses of its individual componentsin the free state; equivalent to the binding energy
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- noun the amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles
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