curie

noun
cu·​rie | \ˈkyu̇r-(ˌ)ē, ˈkyər-;kyu̇-ˈrē\

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

Curie

biographical name (1)
Cu·​rie | \kyu̇-ˈrē, 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, -​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

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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

noun
cu·​rie | \ˈkyu̇(ə)r-(ˌ)ē, kyu̇-ˈrē \

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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