francium

[ fran-see-uh m ]
/ ˈfræn si əm /
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noun Chemistry.

a radioactive element of the alkali metal group. Symbol: Fr; atomic number: 87.

Origin of francium

1945–50; after France where first identified; see -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for francium

francium

/ (ˈfrænsɪəm) /

noun

an unstable radioactive element of the alkali-metal group, occurring in minute amounts in uranium ores. Symbol: Fr; atomic no: 87; half-life of most stable isotope, 223 Fr: 22 minutes; valency: 1; melting pt: 27°C; boiling pt: 677°C

Word Origin for francium

C20: from New Latin, from France + -ium; so-called because first found in France
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Medicine definitions for francium

francium

[ frănsē-əm ]

n. Symbol Fr

An extremely unstable radioactive element of the alkali metals, having approximately 19 isotopes, the most stable of which is Fr 223 with a half-life of 21 minutes. Atomic number 87.
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Science definitions for francium

francium

[ frănsē-əm ]

Fr

An extremely unstable, radioactive element of the alkali group. It is the heaviest metal of the group. Francium occurs in nature, but less than 28.35 g (1 oz) is present in the Earth's crust at any time. It has approximately 19 isotopes, the most stable of which is Fr 223 with a half-life of 21 minutes. Atomic number 87; valence 1. See Periodic Table.
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