a radioactive element not found in nature but discovered in 1944 among the products of plutonium after bombardment by high-energy helium ions. Symbol: Cm; atomic number: 96.
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How to use curium in a sentence
Cum autem bellum renovaturus putaretur, Manium curium iterum consulem fieri placuit.Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
The natives of curium made it a rule to destroy all such, under an appearance of a religious rite.
"Conduct them here, Matten," he commanded, and took up his station beside an hundred-branched candlestick made in curium.Romance Island | Zona Gale
In fig. 180 the statue of this goddess is shown, which he says was found by himself in 1884 at curium.The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
The most splendid of all the Cyprian vases was found at curium, and has been already represented in this volume.History of Phoenicia | George Rawlinson
British Dictionary definitions for curium
a silvery-white metallic transuranic element artificially produced from plutonium. Symbol: Cm; atomic no: 96; half-life of most stable isotope, 247 Cm: 1.6 x 10 7 years; valency: 3 and 4; relative density: 13.51 (calculated); melting pt: 1345±400°C
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Scientific definitions for curium
A synthetic, silvery-white, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is produced artificially from plutonium or americium. Curium isotopes are used to provide electricity for satellites and space probes. Its most stable isotope has a half-life of 16.4 million years. Atomic number 96; melting point (estimated) 1,350°C; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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