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ura′nium hexafluor′ide(n.)

  1. a colorless, water-insoluble, crystalline, volatile solid, UF6, used in its gaseous state in separating uranium 235 from uranium.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of uranium hexafluoride:

1940–45

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  1. uranium hexafluoride(Noun)

    a binary compound of uranium and fluorine, UF; it is a grey solid, or heavy gas, and is used in the uranium enrichment process to produce fuel for nuclear reactors or nuclear weapons

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  1. Uranium hexafluoride

    Uranium hexafluoride, referred to as "hex" in the nuclear industry, is a compound used in the uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. It forms solid grey crystals at standard temperature and pressure, is highly toxic, reacts violently with water and is corrosive to most metals. It reacts mildly with aluminium, forming a thin surface layer of AlF3 that resists further reaction.

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