flerovium

noun

fle·​ro·​vi·​um flə-ˈrō-vē-əm How to pronounce flerovium (audio)
: a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 114 protons
symbol Fl
see Chemical Elements Table

Word History

Etymology

Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia) + -ium

Note: The element was first produced in the Flerov Laboratory (Russian, Laboratorija jadernyx reakcij im. G.N. Flërova Ob"jedinënnogo instituta jadernyx issledovanij), founded by the Russian physicist Georgij Nikolaevič Flërov (1913-90).

First Known Use

2012, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flerovium was in 2012

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“Flerovium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flerovium. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

flerovium

noun
fle·​ro·​vi·​um
flə-ˈrō-vē-əm
: a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element see Chemical Elements Table
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