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Nuclear poison (or neutron poison) The term 'Nuclear poison (or neutron poison)' as it applies to the area of nuclear science can be defined as ' In reactor physics, a substance (other than fissionable material) that has a large capacity for absorbing neutrons in the vicinity of the reactor core. This effect may be undesirable in some reactor applications because it may prevent or disrupt the fission chain reaction, thereby affecting normal operation. However, neutron-absorbing materials (commonly known as 'poisons') are intentionally inserted into some types of reactors to decrease the reactivity of their initial fresh fuel load. (Adding poisons, such as control rods or boron, is described as adding 'negative reactivity' to the reactor.) '.
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