radiocarbon

noun

ra·​dio·​car·​bon ˌrā-dē-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce radiocarbon (audio)
often attributive
: radioactive carbon
especially : carbon 14

Examples of radiocarbon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As such, any samples treated with PEG would skew the results of radiocarbon dating studies. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2024 The physical evidence put the ship’s fateful voyage at around 300 B.C.E., but previous radiocarbon dating efforts put its demise at about 50 years earlier. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 26 June 2024 The main goal of updating radiocarbon dating methods was to achieve accurate and reasonably precise dates, since the existing radiocarbon calibration curve data for the period 350-250 BCE did not yield accurate dates using modern AMS 14C dating, as exemplified by the Kyrenia ship. Shubhangi Dua, Interesting Engineering, 26 June 2024 Methods like radiocarbon dating provide estimates that can span a couple of thousand years for this time period; two Neanderthals with similar radiocarbon measurements may have actually lived 2,000 years apart. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for radiocarbon 

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radiocarbon was in 1936

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“Radiocarbon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiocarbon. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

radiocarbon

noun
ra·​dio·​car·​bon ˌrād-ē-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce radiocarbon (audio)
: radioactive carbon
especially : carbon 14

Medical Definition

radiocarbon

noun
ra·​dio·​car·​bon ˌrād-ē-ō-ˈkär-bən How to pronounce radiocarbon (audio)
: radioactive carbon
especially : carbon 14
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