bind'ing en"ergy

1. Also called separation energy. the energy required to decompose a molecule, atom, or nucleus into its constituent particles, equal to the energy equivalent of the mass defect.
2. the energy required to separate a single particle or group of particles from a molecule, atom, or nucleus. Cf. mass defect.

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