polonium

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noun po·lo·ni·um \pə-ˈlō-nē-əm\

Definition of polonium

  1. :  a radioactive metallic element that is similar chemically to tellurium and bismuth, occurs especially in pitchblende and radium-lead residues, and emits an alpha particle to form an isotope of lead — see element table

Origin and Etymology of polonium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin Polonia


First Known Use: 1898


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polonium

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noun po·lo·ni·um \pə-ˈlō-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of polonium

  1. :  a radioactive metallic element that is similar chemically to tellurium and bismuth, occurs especially in pitchblende and radium-lead residues, and emits an alpha particle to form an isotope of lead—symbol Po; see element table


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