transuranic element

[trans-yoo-ran-ik, tranz-, trans-, tranz-]

noun Chemistry, Physics.

any element having an atomic number greater than 92, the atomic number of uranium. All such elements are radioactive and can be synthesized by bombarding a heavy element with a light particle or element.See also transactinide element.

Nearby words

  1. transubstantiation,
  2. transudate,
  3. transudation,
  4. transude,
  5. transuranic,
  6. transuranium elements,
  7. transureteroureterostomy,
  8. transurethral resection,
  9. transvaal,
  10. transvaal daisy

Also trans·u·ra·ni·um el·ement [trans-yoo-rey-nee-uh m, tranz-] /ˌtræns yʊˈreɪ ni əm, ˌtrænz-/.

Origin of transuranic element

First recorded in 1930–35; trans- + uran(ium) + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transuranic


transuranian (ˌtrænzjʊˈreɪnɪən) or transuranium (trænzjʊˈreɪnɪəm)


(of an element) having an atomic number greater than that of uranium
of, relating to, or having the behaviour of transuranic elements

Word Origin for transuranic

C20: from trans- + uranic, from uranium

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Science definitions for transuranic


[trăns′yu-rănĭk, -rānĭk]

Having an atomic number greater than 92.
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