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  • noun idiomatic, nuclear physics, uncountable A hypothetical kind of catastrophic failure in which a nuclear reactor melts through the floor of its containment system and penetrates the earth's surface, continuing downward as if (from a Western Hemispheric point of view) traveling through the planet toward China.
  • noun idiomatic, countable, nuclear physics One instance of such a nuclear mishap.
  • noun idiomatic, countable A behavior, policy, or situation characteristic of or involving China; an actual or potential catastrophe, especially one involving China.
  • noun medicine A rare disease, first characterized in the early 1990s, which resembles poliomyelitis but which has somewhat different characteristics and occurs in persons vaccinated for poliomyelitis.


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  • From Ray Kytle's book Meltdown, in 1976

    "I think we're going to witness the China Syndrome"

    1979 movie, The China Syndrome - depicts a meltdown.

    From Wikipedia

    "The film was released on March 16, 1979, 12 days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell (Donald Hotton) says that the China Syndrome would render "an area the size of Pennsylvania" permanently uninhabitable. ..."

    Growing up in that time, the term 'China Syndrome' was big in the news at that time.

    September 8, 2013