iron-59

noun
\ -ˌfif-tē-ˈnīn How to pronounce iron-59 (audio) \

Medical Definition of iron-59

: a heavy radioisotope of iron that has a mass number of 59 and a half-life of 45.1 days, emits beta particles and gamma rays, and is used as a tracer in the study of iron metabolism

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“Iron-59.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/iron-59. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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