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californium

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noun cal·i·for·ni·um \ˌka-lə-ˈfȯr-nē-əm\

Definition of californium

  1. :  a radioactive element discovered by bombarding curium 242 with alpha particles — see element table



Origin and Etymology of californium

New Latin, from California, United States


First Known Use: 1950


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californium

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noun cal·i·for·ni·um \ˌkal-ə-ˈfȯr-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of californium

  1. :  an artificially prepared radioactive element discovered by bombarding an isotope of curium with alpha particles—symbol Cf; see element table




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