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n. Symbol Pu
A radioactive, silvery, metallic transuranic element, occurring in uranium ores and produced artificially by neutron bombardment of uranium. Its longest-lived isotope is Pu-244 with a half-life of 80 million years. It is a radiological poison, specifically absorbed by bone marrow, and is used, especially the highly fissionable isotope Pu-239, as a reactor fuel and in nuclear weapons. Atomic number 94; melting point 640°C; boiling point 3,228°C; specific gravity 19.84 (25°C); valence 3, 4, 5, 6. See Periodic Table.
[After the dwarf planet Pluto (from the fact that it follows neptunium in the periodic table).]
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(Elements & Compounds) a highly toxic metallic transuranic element. It occurs in trace amounts in uranium ores and is produced in a nuclear reactor by neutron bombardment of uranium-238. The most stable and important isotope, plutonium-239, readily undergoes fission and is used as a reactor fuel in nuclear power stations and in nuclear weapons. Symbol: Pu; atomic no: 94; half-life of 239Pu: 24 360 years; valency: 3, 4, 5, or 6; relative density (alpha modification): 19.84; melting pt: 640°C; boiling pt: 3230°C
[C20: named after the dwarf planet Pluto because Pluto lies beyond Neptune and plutonium was discovered soon after neptunium]
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plu•to•ni•um(pluˈtoʊ ni əm)
a radioactive metallic transuranic element with a fissile isotope of mass number 239 that can be produced from nonfissile uranium 238. Symbol: Pu; at. no.: 94.
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Symbol Pu A silvery, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that has the highest atomic number of all naturally occurring elements. It can be found in minute amounts in uranium ores and is produced artificially by bombarding uranium with neutrons. It is absorbed by bone marrow and is highly poisonous. Plutonium is used in nuclear weapons and as a fuel in nuclear reactors. Its most stable isotope has a half-life of 76 million years. Atomic number 94. See Periodic Table.
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Element produced in large quantities by nuclear reactors; also used in nuclear weapons.
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|Noun||1.||plutonium - a solid silvery grey radioactive transuranic element whose atoms can be split when bombarded with neutrons; found in minute quantities in uranium ores but is usually synthesized in nuclear reactors; 13 isotopes are known with the most important being plutonium 239|
chemical element, element - any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
plutonium 239 - a highly fissionable isotope of plutonium that is used in atomic weapons and as a reactor fuel; produced by irradiating uranium 238 with slow electrons
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plutonium[pluːˈtəʊnɪəm] N → plutonio m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
plutonium[pluːˈtəʊniəm] n → plutonium m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Plutonium nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
plutonium[pluːˈtəʊnɪəm] n → plutonio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a radioactive element used in many nuclear processes. plutonium عُنْصُر إشْعاعي плутоний plutônio plutonium das Plutonium plutonium πλουτώνιοplutonio plutoonium پلوتونیم plutonium plutoniumפלוטוניום एक रेडियोधर्मी तत्व plutonij plutónium plutonium plútóníum plutonio プルトニウム 플루토늄 plutonis plutonijs plutonium plutoniumplutoniumpluton پلوتونيم چې يو ډول راديو آكتيو عنصر دې plutónio plutoniu плутоний plutónium plutonij plutonijum plutonium ธาตุกัมตภาพรังสีชนิดหนึ่ง plütonyum 鈽 плутоній پلوٹونيم، ايک شعاع ريز مادہ pluton 钚
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