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A type of atom as characterized by its atomic number and its neutron number. An isotope refers to a series of different atoms that have the same atomic number but different neutron numbers (e.g. uranium–238 and uranium–235 are isotopes of uranium), whereas a nuclide refers only to a particular nuclear species (e.g. the nuclides uranium–235 and plutonium–239 are fissile). The term is also used for the type of nucleus.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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