cobalt 60

noun

Definition of cobalt 60

: a heavy radioactive isotope of cobalt of the mass number 60 produced in nuclear reactors and used as a source of gamma rays (as for radiotherapy)

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1946

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cobalt 60

noun \ -ˈsik-stē \

medical Definition of cobalt 60

: a heavy radioactive isotope of cobalt having the mass number 60 produced in nuclear reactors and used as a source of gamma rays especially in place of radium (as in the treatment of cancer and in radiography) called also radiocobalt

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