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The principle that two particles of a given type, such as electrons, protons, or neutrons, cannot simultaneously occupy a particular quantum state. Also called Pauli exclusion principle.
(Atomic Physics) See Pauli exclusion principle
the quantum-mechanical principle that no two identical particles having spin equal to half an odd integer can be in the same quantum state.Also called Pauli exclusion principle.
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|Noun||1.||exclusion principle - no two electrons or protons or neutrons in a given system can be in states characterized by the same set of quantum numbers|