astatine

noun
as·​ta·​tine | \ ˈa-stə-ˌtēn How to pronounce astatine (audio) \

Definition of astatine

: a radioactive halogen element discovered by bombarding bismuth with alpha particles and also formed by radioactive decay — see Chemical Elements Table

First Known Use of astatine

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astatine

Greek astatos unsteady, from a- + statos standing, from histanai to cause to stand — more at stand

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“Astatine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astatine. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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astatine

noun
as·​ta·​tine | \ ˈas-tə-ˌtēn How to pronounce astatine (audio) \

Medical Definition of astatine

: a radioactive halogen element discovered by bombarding bismuth with helium nuclei and also formed by radioactive decay symbol At

called also ekaiodine

— see Chemical Elements Table

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