actinoid

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adjective

ac·​ti·​noid ˈak-tə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce actinoid (audio)
1
: resembling a ray especially of a radially symmetrical animal
2
: exhibiting radial symmetry

actinoid

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noun

ac·​ti·​noid ˈak-tə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce actinoid (audio)
plural actinoids
chemistry
: actinide
The actinoid elements (or actinides; An) constitute a series of 14 elements which are formed by the progressive filling of the 5f electron shell and follow actinium in the periodic table (atomic numbers 90-103).Mirtat Bouroushian, Electrochemistry of Metal Chalcogenides, 2010

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

actin(ia) + -oid entry 2 (probably after actinoida or actinoidea )

Noun

actin(ide) + -oid entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of actinoid was in 1846

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“Actinoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinoid. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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