noun \ˈtri-tē-əm, ˈtri-shē-\

Definition of TRITIUM

:  a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that has one proton and two neutrons in its nucleus and that has three times the mass of ordinary hydrogen —symbol T

Origin of TRITIUM

New Latin, from Greek tritos third — more at third
First Known Use: 1933


noun \ˈtrit-ē-əm, ˈtrish-ē-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TRITIUM

: a radioactive isotope of hydrogen with atoms of three times the mass of ordinary light hydrogen atoms—symbol T


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Isotope of hydrogen, chemical symbol written as 3H or T, with atomic number 1 but atomic weight approximately 3. Its nucleus contains one proton and two neutrons. Tritium is radioactive (see radioactivity), with a half-life of 12.32 years. Its occurrence in natural water in an amount 1018 that of ordinary hydrogen is believed to be due to the action of cosmic rays. Some tritium is used in self-luminous materials (e.g., for watch dials) and as a radioactive tracer in chemical and biochemical studies. Nuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium at high temperatures releases enormous amounts of energy. Such reactions have been used in nuclear weapons and experimental power reactors. See also heavy water.


Next Word in the Dictionary: trito-
Previous Word in the Dictionary: tritish
All Words Near: tritium

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up tritium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).