transuranic

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adjective

trans·​ura·​nic ˌtran(t)-syu̇-ˈra-nik How to pronounce transuranic (audio)
-shə-,
-ˈrā-;
ˌtran-zyu̇-,
-zhə-
variants or transuranium
ˌtran(t)-syu̇-ˈrā-nē-əm How to pronounce transuranic (audio)
-shə-,
-ˈrā-;
ˌtran-zyu̇-,
-zhə-
: of, relating to, or being an element with an atomic number greater than that of uranium

transuranic

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noun

: a transuranic element

Examples of transuranic in a Sentence

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Adjective
The final repository for much of the U.S.'s transuranic nuclear waste is a mine, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, located in the southern part of New Mexico, between Carlsbad and the oil town of Hobbs. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 The most radioactive waste Los Alamos produces, called transuranic waste, primarily involves contaminated gloves, tools, equipment, and other debris that are typically stuffed into 55-gallon drums stored on site until they can be hauled to an underground facility in southeastern New Mexico. Time, 24 July 2023 Currently, the subterranean landfill carved out of an ancient salt formation is licensed to take transuranic waste, or waste generated by the nation’s nuclear weapons program that is contaminated with radioactive elements heavier than uranium. Susan Montoya Bryan, Fortune, 20 Dec. 2022 Salt is another rock type favored for nuclear waste disposal; the USA uses salt caverns in New Mexico to dispose of transuranic waste (similar to intermediate-level waste) from military sources. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 So Bormanis came up with his own fictional heavy element, dysonium (named in honor of physicist Freeman Dyson), something with an atomic weight in the 130-135 range—well above the transuranic elements in the period table. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2018 The excavator was digging up transuranic waste — which is waste contaminated with highly radioactive elements. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, 18 May 2017
Noun
Meitner and Hahn had published multiple papers on transuranics. Ashraya Gupta, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1935, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transuranic was in 1935

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“Transuranic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transuranic. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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