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carbon 14

noun
1.
radiocarbon (def 1).
Also, carbon-14
[kahr-buh n-fawr-teen, -fohr-] /ˈkɑr bən fɔrˈtin, -foʊr-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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carbon 14s in Science
carbon 14  
A naturally occurring radioactive isotope of carbon having six protons and eight neutrons in the nucleus. Carbon 14 is important in dating archaeological and biological remains by radiocarbon dating.
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carbon 14 definition


A radioactive isotope of carbon. A carbon 14 atom contains six protons, six electrons, and eight neutrons. Carbon 14 is produced when neutrons bombard atoms of nitrogen.

Note: Carbon 14 is used in a common form of radioactive dating to determine the age of ancient objects.
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