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An allotrope of carbon composed of any of various cagelike molecules that consist only of an even number of carbon atoms, are often spherical in shape, and are composed of hexagonal and pentagonal groups of atoms.

[After Richard Buckminster Fuller (from the resemblance of their configurations to his geodesic domes) + -ene.]
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(Elements & Compounds) any of various carbon molecules with a polyhedral structure similar to that of buckminsterfullerene, such as C70, C76, and C84. See also buckminsterfullerene
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(ˈfʊl əˌrin)
any of a class of large carbon molecules consisting of a roughly spherical shell.
[1985–90; after R. Buckminster Fuller]
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Noun1.fullerene - a form of carbon having a large molecule consisting of an empty cage of sixty or more carbon atoms
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
buckminsterfullerene, buckyball - a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene
carbon nanotube, nanotube - a fullerene molecule having a cylindrical or toroidal shape
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
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Summary: Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India], May 20 (ANI): An exchange of fire took place in the early hours of Monday morning between a team of C-60 commandos and Maoists in Koparshi forest within the limits of Koti police station in south Gadchiroli.
The team of the C-60 commandos were waiting below the hill while the Maoists were stationed at a vantage point above, but managed to open retaliatory fire and swooped onto the rebels' hiding place.
"In the operation by C-60 squad in Kasanasur jungle area, 16 bodies of Naxals [9 men and 7 women] were recovered on April 22," said a police official at the Gadchiroli control room.
Quoting a local police official, the Indo Asian News Agency said: "In the operation by C-60 squad of the in Kasanasur jungle area, 16 bodies of Maoists (nine men and seven women) were recovered on April 22.
Other bills that received Royal Assent with Bill S-3 during a traditional ceremony on December 12 were bills C-305, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief); S-211, An Act respecting National Sickle Cell Awareness Day; C-60, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017; C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States; C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada; C-67, Appropriations Act No.
The T-L method was compared to Coulomb theory, C-80, C-60, and "rule-of-thumb" methods using the same "worst-case" soil range in Table 2.
That suggested the curvature was important: C-60, being a sphere, has the highest possible curvature among carbon materials.
The slain security personnel reportedly belong to the specialized C-60 anti-Naxal operations force of Maharashtra and the blast occurred when their vehicle was moving along the Murmuri-Chamuri axis of the district.
New Delhi -- At least seven Indian police personnel were killed and five others injured, two of them gravely, when the armed activists of CPI (Maoist) attacked a police van of C-60, an elite anti-Maoist squad, near Murmuri village in Indian state of Maharashtra on Sunday morning.