Definition of rutherfordium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrʌðəˈfɔːdɪəm/


[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 104, a very unstable element made by high-energy atomic collisions. (Symbol: Rf)
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with rutherfordium

exordium, Gordium

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