[ rey-dee-oh-ak-tiv ]
/ ˌreɪ di oʊˈæk tɪv /

adjective Physics, Chemistry.

of, pertaining to, exhibiting, or caused by radioactivity.

Origin of radioactive

First recorded in 1895–1900; radio- + active

OTHER WORDS FROM radioactive

ra·di·o·ac·tive·ly, adverbnon·ra·di·o·ac·tive, adjectiveun·ra·di·o·ac·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for radioactive

/ (ˌreɪdɪəʊˈæktɪv) /


exhibiting, using, or concerned with radioactivity

Derived forms of radioactive

radioactively, adverb
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Medicine definitions for radioactive

[ rā′dē-ō-ăktĭv ]


Of or exhibiting radioactivity.
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Culture definitions for radioactive


A descriptive term for a material made up of atoms in which radioactivity occurs.

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