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

Origin of carbon 14

First recorded in 1935–40
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Scientific 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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Cultural 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.

notes for carbon 14

Carbon 14 is used in a common form of radioactive dating to determine the age of ancient objects.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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