[ has-ee-uh m ]
/ ˈhæs i əm /
noun Chemistry, Physics.
a superheavy, synthetic, radioactive element with a very short half-life. Symbol: Hs; atomic number: 108.
Origin of hassium
after Medieval Latin Hassia (the German state of Hesse, location of the institute where it was first created); see -ium
Formerly unniloctium, element 108.
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British Dictionary definitions for hassium
/ (ˈhæsɪəm) /
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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Science definitions for hassium
[ hä′sē-əm ]
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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