radiocarbon

[ rey-dee-oh-kahr-buhn ]

nounChemistry.
  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.

Origin of radiocarbon

1
First recorded in 1935–40; radio- + carbon

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British Dictionary definitions for radiocarbon

radiocarbon

/ (ˌreɪdɪəʊˈkɑːbən) /


noun
  1. a radioactive isotope of carbon, esp carbon-14: See carbon (def. 1)

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Scientific definitions for radiocarbon

radiocarbon

[ rā′dē-ō-kärbən ]


  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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