francium

noun
fran·​ci·​um | \ ˈfran(t)-sē-əm How to pronounce francium (audio) \

Definition of francium

: a short-lived radioactive element of the alkali-metal group occurring naturally as a disintegration product of actinium and also produced artificially — see Chemical Elements Table

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Recent Examples on the Web Perey, being French, decided to call it francium instead. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of francium

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for francium

New Latin, from France

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“Francium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/francium. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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francium

noun
fran·​ci·​um | \ ˈfran(t)-sē-əm How to pronounce francium (audio) \

Medical Definition of francium

: a radioactive element of the alkali-metal group discovered as a disintegration product of actinium and obtained artificially by the bombardment of thorium with protons symbol Fr — see Chemical Elements Table

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