Definition of radiocarbon in English:


Line breaks: radio|car¦bon
Pronunciation: /ˌreɪdɪəʊˈkɑːb(ə)n


[mass noun] Chemistry
A radioactive isotope of carbon.
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  • Some of these neutrons react with nitrogen atoms in air, converting them into a radioactive isotope of carbon: carbon - 14 or radiocarbon, with eight neutrons in each nucleus.
  • Living organisms acquire a characteristic minor fraction of radiocarbon by equilibrating with the carbon dioxide of ambient air or surrounding waters.
  • These data were compared with the distribution of radiocarbon in free glucose and fructose isolated from the same sample.

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