Definition of rutherfordium in English:

rutherfordium

Syllabification: ruth·er·for·di·um
Pronunciation: /ˌrəT͟Hərˈfôrdēəm
 
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noun

  • The chemical element of atomic number 104, a very unstable element made by high-energy atomic collisions. (Symbol: Rf)
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    • The American team, on the other hand, proposed the name rutherfordium for the new element, in honor of the great British scientist Sir Ernest Rutherford.
    • And the Berkeley name for element 104, rutherfordium, was surely an honour due to one of the century's greatest nuclear physicists.
    • The daughter isotope, rutherfordium - 259 (an isotope of element 104), recoiled into an opposing detector.

Origin

1960s: modern Latin, named after E. Rutherford (see Rutherford, Sir Ernest).

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