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noun cu·rie \ˈkyu̇r-(ˌ)ē, kyu̇-ˈrē\

Definition of curie

  1. 1 :  a unit quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations occur per second

  2. 2 :  a unit of radioactivity equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second

Origin and Etymology of curie

Marie & Pierre Curie

First Known Use: 1910

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biographical name Cu·rie \kyu̇-ˈrē, ˈkyu̇r-(ˌ)ē\

Definition of Curie

  1. Eve 1904–2007 dau. of Marie & Pierre Am. (Fr.-born) author


biographical name cu·rie

Definition of Curie

  1. Marie 1867–1934 née Maria Skło*dow*ska play \sklə-ˈdȯf-skə, -ˈdȯv-\ Fr. (Pol.-born) chem.


biographical name cu·rie

Definition of Curie

  1. Pierre 1859–1906 husband of Marie Fr. chem.

Medical Dictionary


noun cu·rie \ˈkyu̇(ə)r-(ˌ)ē, kyu̇-ˈrē\

Medical Definition of curie

  1. 1:  a unit quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations occur per second

  2. 2:  a unit of radioactivity equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second

Biographical Note for curie




(1859–1906), and

Marie Słodowska

(1867–1934), French chemists and physicists. The Curies were two of the most important and influential figures in modern physics. Their major joint contributions include the discovery, with Henri Becquerel, of radioactivity, and the discovery and isolation of radium and polonium in 1898. In 1910 the first International Congress of Radiology honored the husband and wife team by establishing curie as a term for a unit of measurement for radioactivity. The element curium was named in honor of the Curies in 1944 by its discoverers, a team of scientists at the University of Chicago. The Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, and Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911.

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