radioactive atom

ra·di·o·ac·tive at·om

an atom with an unstable nucleus, which emits particulate or electromagnetic radiation (radioactive emission) to achieve greater stability. See: radionuclide, half-life, Becquerel.
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Mastering the fission of radioactive atom to enable it to release energy is not a child's play; states invest billions in currency to make nuclear weapons.
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