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californium

[ kal-uh-fawr-nee-uhm ]
/ ˌkæl əˈfɔr ni əm /
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noun Chemistry.
a transuranic element. Symbol: Cf; atomic number: 98.
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Origin of californium

1945–50; named after the University of California where it was discovered; see -ium
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How to use californium in a sentence

  • One milligram of californium-252 will spontaneously produce over 10⁹ neutrons per second.

    The Atomic Fingerprint|Bernard Keisch

British Dictionary definitions for californium

californium
/ (ˌkælɪˈfɔːnɪəm) /

noun
a metallic transuranic element artificially produced from curium. Symbol: Cf; atomic no: 98; half-life of most stable isotope, 251 Cf: 800 years (approx.)

Word Origin for californium

C20: New Latin; discovered at the University of California
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Scientific definitions for californium

californium
[ kăl′ə-fôrnē-əm ]

Cf
A synthetic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is produced from curium or berkelium and is used in chemical analyses. Its most stable isotope, Cf 251, has a half-life of 800 years. Atomic number 98. See Periodic Table.
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