curie

noun
cu·​rie | \ ˈkyu̇r-(ˌ)ē How to pronounce curie (audio) , ˈkyər-; kyu̇-ˈrē \
plural curies

Definition of curie

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a unit quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations occur per second
2 : a unit of radioactivity equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second — compare becquerel abbreviation c, Ci

Curie

biographical name (1)
Cu·​rie | \ kyu̇-ˈrē How to pronounce Curie (audio) , ˈkyu̇r-(ˌ)ē \

Definition of Curie (Entry 2 of 4)

Eve 1904–2007 daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie American (French-born) author

Curie

biographical name (2)

Definition of Curie (Entry 3 of 4)

Marie 1867–1934 née Maria Skłodowska \ sklə-​ˈdȯf-​skə How to pronounce Curie (audio) , -​ˈdȯv-​ \ French (Polish-born) chemist

Curie

biographical name (3)

Definition of Curie (Entry 4 of 4)

Pierre 1859–1906 husband of Marie Curie French chemist

Examples of curie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The average concentration of plutonium in the surface soil of the refuge portion of the site is 1.1 picocuries (trillionths of a curie) per gram (pCi/g). Vincent Carroll, The Denver Post, "Activists ignore the science that says Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is safe," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of curie

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curie

Noun

Marie & Pierre Curie

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“Curie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curie. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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curie

noun
cu·​rie | \ ˈkyu̇(ə)r-(ˌ)ē, kyu̇-ˈrē How to pronounce curie (audio) \

Medical Definition of curie

1 : a unit quantity of any radioactive nuclide in which 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations occur per second
2 : a unit of radioactivity equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second

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