actinium

noun
ac·​tin·​i·​um | \ ak-ˈti-nē-əm How to pronounce actinium (audio) \

Definition of actinium

: a radioactive trivalent metallic element that resembles lanthanum in chemical properties and that is found especially in pitchblende — see Chemical Elements Table

First Known Use of actinium

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinium

borrowed from French, from Greek aktīn-, aktís "ray, beam" + -ium -ium; so called from its radioactivity — more at actin-

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“Actinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinium. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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actinium

noun
ac·​tin·​i·​um | \ ak-ˈtin-ē-əm How to pronounce actinium (audio) \

Medical Definition of actinium

: a radioactive trivalent metallic element that resembles lanthanum in chemical properties and that is found especially in pitchblende symbol Ac — see Chemical Elements Table

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