carbon-14

carbon 14

noun
radiocarbon ( def 1 ).
Also, carbon-14 [kahr-buhn-fawr-teen, -fohr-] .


Origin:
1935–40

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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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