Definition of curium in English:

curium

Syllabification: cu·ri·um
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͝orēəm
 
/

noun

The chemical element of atomic number 96, a radioactive metal of the actinide series. Curium does not occur naturally and was first made by bombarding plutonium with helium ions. (Symbol: Cm)
More example sentences
  • The lifetimes of the first ‘transuranium’ elements - such as plutonium, curium and californium - were very close to the values predicted by the liquid-drop model.
  • Release of plutonium, americium and curium could occur from laboratory or industrial accidents.
  • It is prepared artificially by bombarding curium with alpha particles in a particle accelerator.

Origin

1940s: modern Latin, from the name of Marie and Pierre Curie.

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