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berkelium

[ ber-kee-lee-uhm ]
/ bərˈki li əm /
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noun Chemistry.
a transuranic element. Symbol: Bk; atomic number: 97; atomic weight: 249 (?).
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Origin of berkelium

1945–50; named after Berkeley, California, where it was discovered; see -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for berkelium

berkelium
/ (bɜːˈkiːlɪəm, ˈbɜːklɪəm) /

noun
a metallic transuranic element produced by bombardment of americium. Symbol: Bk; atomic no: 97; half-life of most stable isotope, 247 Bk: 1400 years; valency: 3 or 4; relative density: 14 (est)

Word Origin for berkelium

C20: named after Berkeley 1, where it was discovered
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Medical definitions for berkelium

berkelium
[ bər-kēlē-əm, bûrklē-əm ]

n. Symbol Bk
A synthetic radioactive element. Its most stable isotope, Bk 247, has a half-life of 1,380 years. Atomic number 97.
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Scientific definitions for berkelium

berkelium
[ bər-kēlē-əm, bûrklē-əm ]

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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