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kurchatovium

Syllabification: kur·cha·tov·i·um
Pronunciation: /ˌkərCHəˈtōvēəm
 
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Definition of kurchatovium in English:

noun

historical
A name proposed in the former Soviet Union for the artificial radioactive element of atomic number 104, now called rutherfordium.
Example sentences
  • For example, the Russian team suggested the name of kurchatovium for element 104, in honor of the great Russian nuclear chemist Igor Vasilevich Kurchatov.
  • But element 104 had been claimed five years earlier, in 1964, by the Russian team at Dubna, who wanted to call it kurchatovium after their head of nuclear research.

Origin

1960s: named after Igor V. Kurchatov (1903–60), Russian nuclear physicist.

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