China Syndrome
noun Etymology: from the notion that the molten reactor contents could hypothetically sink through the earth to reach China Date: 1970 meltdown 1

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  • China syndrome — /ˈtʃaɪnə sɪndroʊm/ (say chuynuh sindrohm) noun Colloquial the total meltdown of a nuclear reactor. {from the notion that the meltdown is so powerful that the reactor goes right through the ground to China} …   Australian English dictionary

  • china syndrome — noun Usage: usually capitalized C Etymology: so called from the notion that a molten reactor s contents could theoretically sink through the earth from North America to China : meltdown 1 herein …   Useful english dictionary

  • China syndrome — a hypothetical nuclear reactor accident in which the fuel would melt through the floor of the containment structure and burrow into the earth. [1970 75; from the jocular notion that the hot reactor core would pass through to the other side of the …   Universalium

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