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[kyoor-ee, kyoo-ree; French ky-ree]
Irène [French ee-ren] , Joliot-Curie, Irène.
Marie [muh-ree; French ma-ree] , 1867–1934, Polish physicist and chemist in France: codiscoverer of radium 1898; Nobel Prize in Physics 1903, for chemistry 1911.
her husband, Pierre [pee-air; French pyer] , 1859–1906, French physicist and chemist: codiscoverer of radium; Nobel Prize in Physics 1903.
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curie (ˈkjʊərɪ, -riː)
Ci a unit of radioactivity that is equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second
[C20: named after Pierre Curie]

Curie (ˈkjʊərɪ, -riː, French kyri)
1.  Marie (mari). 1867--1934, French physicist and chemist, born in Poland: discovered with her husband Pierre the radioactivity of thorium, and discovered and isolated radium and polonium. She shared a Nobel prize for physics (1903) with her husband and Henri Becquerel, and was awarded a Nobel prize for chemistry (1911)
2.  her husband, Pierre (pjɛr). 1859--1906, French physicist and chemist

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"unit of radioactivity," 1910, from Pierre Curie (1859-1906), who with his wife, Marie (1867-1934), discovered radium.
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curie cu·rie (kyur'ē, kyu-rē')
Abbr. Ci
A unit of radioactivity, equal to the amount of a radioactive isotope that decays at the rate of 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second.

Curie Cu·rie (kyur'ē, kyu-rē', kü-), Marie. Originally Manja Skłodowska.. 1867-1934.

Polish-born French chemist. She shared a 1903 Nobel Prize with her husband, Pierre Curie (1859-1906), and Henri Becquerel (1852-1908) for fundamental research on radioactivity. In 1911 she won a second Nobel Prize for her discovery and study of the elements radium and polonium.

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curie   (kyr'ē, ky-rē')  Pronunciation Key 
A unit used to measure the rate of radioactive decay. Radioactive decay is measured by the rate at which the atoms making up a radioactive substance are transformed into different atoms. One curie is equal to 37 billion (3.7 × 1010) of these transformations per second. Many scientists now measure radioactive decay in becquerels rather than curies.
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