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hassium

[ has-ee-uhm ]
/ ˈhæs i əm /
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noun Chemistry, Physics.
a superheavy, synthetic, radioactive element with a very short half-life. Symbol: Hs; atomic number: 108.
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Formerly un·nil·oc·ti·um [yoo-ni-lok-tee-uhm], /ˌyu nɪˈlɒk ti əm/, el·e·ment 108 .

Origin of hassium

First recorded in 1990–95; named after Medieval Latin Hassia (the German state of Hesse, location of the institute where it was first created).
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British Dictionary definitions for hassium

hassium
/ (ˈhæsɪəm) /

noun
a synthetic element produced in small quantities by high-energy ion bombardment. Symbol: Hs; atomic no: 108

Word Origin for hassium

C20: from Latin, from Hesse, German state where it was discovered
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Medical definitions for hassium

hassium
[ häsē-əm ]

n. Symbol Hs
A radioactive synthetic element whose longest-lived isotopes have mass numbers of 264 and 265 with half-lives of 0.08 millisecond and 2 milliseconds. Atomic number 108.
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Scientific definitions for hassium

hassium
[ häsē-əm ]

Hs
A synthetic, radioactive element that is produced by bombarding lead with iron ions. Its known isotopes have mass numbers ranging from 263 to 277. Hs 277 has the longest confirmed half-life (16.5 minutes). Atomic number 108. See Periodic Table.
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