uranium hexafluoride

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uranium hexafluoride

(ˌhɛksəˈflʊəˌraɪd)
n
(Nuclear Physics) a compound used in the process of uranium enrichment that produces fissile material for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Formula: UF6
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ura′nium hexafluor′ide


n.
a colorless, water-insoluble, crystalline, volatile solid, UF6, used in its gaseous state in separating uranium 235 from uranium.
[1940–45]
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