[rey-dee-oh-kahr-buh n]

noun Chemistry.

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.
any radioactive isotope of carbon.

Origin of radiocarbon

First recorded in 1935–40; radio- + carbon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for radiocarbon

Contemporary Examples of radiocarbon

Historical Examples of radiocarbon

  • Philon went on to explain the radiocarbon dating of the book.

    The House from Nowhere

    Arthur G. Stangland

  • Some of the carbon compounds in the various artifacts showed a faint trace of radiocarbon, others showed none.

    Dead Giveaway

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for radiocarbon



a radioactive isotope of carbon, esp carbon-14See carbon (def. 1)
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radiocarbon in Science



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