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uranium 238

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noun Chemistry.

the radioactive uranium isotope having a mass number 238, comprising 99.28 percent of natural uranium: used chiefly in nuclear reactors as a source of the fissionable isotope plutonium 239.

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Also called U-238, U 238.

Origin of uranium 238

First recorded in 1940–45
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