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decay series

noun, Physics.

radioactive series

noun, Physics, Chemistry.
a succession of elements initiated in the radioactive decay of a parent, as thorium or uranium, each of which decays into the next until a stable element, usually lead, is produced.
Also called decay series.
Origin of radioactive series
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for decay series

radioactive series

(physics) a series of nuclides each of which undergoes radioactive decay into the next member of the series, ending with a stable element, usually lead See uranium series, neptunium series, thorium series, actinium series
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