ac·​ti·​nide | \ ˈak-tə-ˌnīd How to pronounce actinide (audio) \

Definition of actinide

: any of the series of elements with increasing atomic numbers that begins with actinium or thorium and ends with lawrencium — see Periodic Table

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Recent Examples on the Web To form their artificial actinides, the team wanted to make precursors. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Can a New Form of Plutonium Affect Nuclear Science?," 22 Oct. 2019 Uranium is currently the actinide of choice for the industry, used (sometimes with a little plutonium) in 100 percent of the world’s commercial reactors. Richard Martin, WIRED, "Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke," 21 Dec. 2009

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First Known Use of actinide

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinide

acti(nium) + (lantha)nide

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4 Dec 2019

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“Actinide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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