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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Curie’s is a life well worth celebrating and 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of her birth.
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Origin and Etymology of curie
Marie & Pierre Curie
First Known Use: 1910See Words from the same year
Definition of Curie
Marie 1867–1934 née Maria Skło*dow*skaplay \sklə-ˈdȯf-skə, -ˈdȯv-\ French (Polish-born) chemist
Definition of Curie
Pierre 1859–1906 husband of Marie Curie French chemist
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
Biographical Note for curie
Pierre (1859–1906), and
Marie Słodowska (1867–1934), French chemists and physicists. The Curies were two of the most important and influential figures in modern physics. Their major joint contributions include the discovery, with Henri Becquerel, of radioactivity, and the discovery and isolation of radium and polonium in 1898. In 1910 the first International Congress of Radiology honored the husband and wife team by establishing curie as a term for a unit of measurement for radioactivity. The element curium was named in honor of the Curies in 1944 by its discoverers, a team of scientists at the University of Chicago. The Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, and Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911.
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