[ fur-mee-uh m ]
/ ˈfɜr mi əm /
noun Chemistry, Physics.
a transuranic element. Symbol: Fm; atomic number: 100.
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British Dictionary definitions for fermium
/ (ˈfɜːmɪəm) /
a transuranic element artificially produced by neutron bombardment of plutonium. Symbol: Fm; atomic no: 100; half-life of most stable isotope, 257 Fm: 80 days (approx.)
Word Origin for fermium
C20: named after Enrico Fermi
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Word Origin and History for fermium
discovered in the debris of a 1952 U.S. nuclear test in the Pacific, named 1955 for Italian-born U.S. physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954).
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Medicine definitions for fermium
[ fûr′mē-əm, fĕr′- ]
n. Symbol Fm
A synthetic radioactive metallic element whose most stable isotope is Fm 257 with a half-life of approximately 100 days. Atomic number 100.
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Science definitions for fermium
[ fûr′mē-əm ]
A synthetic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is produced from plutonium or uranium. Its most stable isotope is Fm 257 with a half-life of approximately 100 days. Atomic number 100. See Periodic Table.
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