[trit-ee-uh m, trish-, trish-uh m]
- an isotope of hydrogen having an atomic weight of three.
Origin of tritium
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Wanted to trade all the tritium we'd need to blow up a planet just for trees; because they worshipped trees!The Women-Stealers of Thrayx
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- a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, occurring in trace amounts in natural hydrogen and produced in a nuclear reactor. Tritiated compounds are used as tracers. Symbol: T or ³H; half-life: 12.5 years
Word Origin for tritium
C20: New Latin, from Greek tritos third
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1933, Modern Latin, from Greek tritos "third" (see third) + chemical suffix -ium.
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- A rare radioactive hydrogen isotope with atomic mass 3 and half-life 12.5 years, prepared artificially for use as a tracer and as a constituent of hydrogen bombs.hydrogen-3
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- A radioactive isotope of hydrogen whose nucleus has one proton and two neutrons with atomic mass of about 3 and a half life of 12.5 years. Tritium is rare in nature but can be made artificially in nuclear reactions. It is used in thermonuclear weapons and luminescent paints, and sometimes as a tracer. See more at hydrogen.
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