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[rey-dee-oh-kahr-buh n]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. Also called carbon 14. a radioactive isotope of carbon with mass number 14 and a half-life of about 5730 years: widely used in the dating of organic materials.
  2. any radioactive isotope of carbon.
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Origin of radiocarbon

First recorded in 1935–40; radio- + carbon
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British Dictionary definitions for radio-carbon


  1. a radioactive isotope of carbon, esp carbon-14See carbon (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for radio-carbon


"Carbon-14," 1940, from radio-, comb. form of radioactive, + carbon. Radio-carbon dating is attested from 1949.

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radio-carbon in Science


  1. A radioactive isotope of carbon, especially carbon 14. Other radiocarbons include carbon 10, carbon 11, carbon 15, and carbon 16.
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