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noun Physics, Chemistry.

a succession of elements initiated in the radioactive decay of a parent, as thorium or uranium, each of which decays into the next until a stable element, usually lead, is produced.

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Also called decay series.

Origin of radioactive series

First recorded in 1920–25
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radioactive series

noun

physics a series of nuclides each of which undergoes radioactive decay into the next member of the series, ending with a stable element, usually leadSee uranium series, neptunium series, thorium series, actinium series
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