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radiocarbon

[ rey-dee-oh-kahr-buhn ]
/ ˌreɪ di oʊˈkɑr bən /
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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.

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Origin of radiocarbon

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

radiocarbon
/ (ˌreɪdɪəʊˈkɑːbən) /

noun

a radioactive isotope of carbon, esp carbon-14See carbon (def. 1)
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Scientific definitions for radiocarbon

radiocarbon
[ rā′dē-ō-kärbən ]

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