from The Century Dictionary.
- Surrounding a nucleus.
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- adjective Surrounding, or rotating around a
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Orbiting the black hole like the rings of Saturn, several light years away, is a massive disk of gas called the circumnuclear disk; Morris hypothesizes that the magnetic field lines are anchored in this disk.
Numerical simulations of merging gas-rich spiral galaxies show that during the merging process, gas clouds lose their angular momentum and flow into the circumnuclear region of the host galaxies.
The resulting high concentration of molecular gas can fuel star-formation activity in the circumnuclear region.
While there is a slight possibility that the circumnuclear electrons, or the organization of the atoms into crystals might effect the result, it seems very unlikely.