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uranium

Line breaks: ur¦an|ium
Pronunciation: /jʊˈreɪnɪəm
 
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Definition of uranium in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 92, a dense grey radioactive metal used as a fuel in nuclear reactors. (Symbol: U)
Example sentences
  • It is not possible, however, to construct weapons directly out of uranium or slightly enriched uranium.
  • All countries have uranium, uranium is a very common material around the world.
  • It is not certain if the effects are due to the chemical or the radioactive properties of uranium.

Uranium is a chemically reactive metal belonging to the actinide series. Becquerel discovered radioactivity in uranium in 1896, and its capacity to undergo fission led to its use as a source of energy, though the fissile isotope, uranium-235, has to be separated from the more common uranium-238 before it can be used in nuclear weapons. The atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima in 1945 contained uranium-235

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin, from Uranus: compare with tellurium.

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