carbon 14

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noun

Also car·bon-14 [kahr-buh n-fawr-teen, -fohr-] /ˈkɑr bən fɔrˈtin, -foʊr-/.

Origin of carbon 14

First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for carbon 14

  • The case of carbon-14 is an example of a permanent man-made modification of the environment.

Science definitions for carbon 14

carbon 14

A naturally occurring radioactive isotope of carbon having six protons and eight neutrons in the nucleus. Carbon 14 is important in dating archaeological and biological remains by radiocarbon dating.

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Culture definitions for carbon 14

carbon 14

A radioactive isotope of carbon. A carbon 14 atom contains six protons, six electrons, and eight neutrons. Carbon 14 is produced when neutrons bombard atoms of nitrogen.


Note

Carbon 14 is used in a common form of radioactive dating to determine the age of ancient objects.
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