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The amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles. Also called mass deficiency.
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(Atomic Physics) physics the amount by which the mass of a particular nucleus is less than the total mass of its constituent particles. See also binding energy
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|Noun||1.||mass defect - the amount by which the mass of an atomic nucleus is less than the sum of the masses of its constituent particles|
mass - the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field
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