radon


ra·don

noun \ˈrā-ˌdän\

: a radioactive element which is a gas that is used medically in cancer treatments

Full Definition of RADON

:  a heavy radioactive gaseous element formed by the decay of radium — see element table

Origin of RADON

International Scientific Vocabulary, from radium
First Known Use: 1918

Rhymes with RADON

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ra·don

noun \ˈrā-dän\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RADON

: a heavy radioactive gaseous element of the group of inert gases formed by disintegration of radium and used similarly to radium in medicine—symbol Rn; called also radium emanation; see element table

radon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chemical element, chemical symbol Rn, atomic number 86. The heaviest noble gas, it is colourless, odourless, tasteless, radioactive (see radioactivity), and almost completely unreactive (forming compounds only with fluorine). It is rare in nature because all its isotopes are short-lived and because radium, its source, is scarce. Radon seeps from certain soils and rocks (such as granite) into the atmosphere and can accumulate in poorly ventilated spaces near ground level, including house basements; in some regions of the world the use of such spaces is believed to increase the risk of lung cancer more than any other common factor except smoking. Radon is used in radiotherapy, radiography, and research.

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