subshell

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sub- +‎ shell

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subshell (plural subshells)

  1. (chemistry, physics) Atomic orbitals for which the values of the n and l quantum numbers are the same, such as the three 2p or five 3d atomic orbitals.
  2. (computing) A child process launched by a shell.

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