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[ber-kee-lee-uh m] /bərˈki li əm/
noun, Chemistry.
a transuranic element. Symbol: Bk; atomic number: 97; atomic weight: 249 (?).
Origin of berkelium
1945-50; named after Berkeley, California, where it was discovered; see -ium Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for berkelium


/bɜːˈkiːlɪəm; ˈbɜːklɪəm/
a metallic transuranic element produced by bombardment of americium. Symbol: Bk; atomic no: 97; half-life of most stable isotope, 247Bk: 1400 years; valency: 3 or 4; relative density: 14 (est)
Word Origin
C20: named after Berkeley1, where it was discovered
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berkelium in Medicine

berkelium ber·ke·li·um (bər-kē'lē-əm, bûrk'lē-əm)
Symbol Bk
A synthetic radioactive element. Its most stable isotope, Bk 247, has a half-life of 1,380 years. Atomic number 97; melting point 1,050°C; valence 3, 4.

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berkelium in Science
  (bər-kē'lē-əm, bûrk'lē-əm)   
Symbol Bk
A synthetic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is produced from americium, curium, or plutonium. Its most stable isotope has a half-life of about 1,400 years. Atomic number 97; melting point 986°C; valence 3, 4. See Periodic Table.
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