radioisotope

radioisotope

[rey-dee-oh-ahy-suh-tohp]
noun
a radioactive isotope, usually artificially produced: used in physical and biological research, therapeutics, etc.

Origin:
1940–45; radio- + isotope

radioisotopic [rey-dee-oh-ahy-suh-top-ik] , adjective
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radioisotope (ˌreɪdɪəʊˈaɪsətəʊp)
 
n
an isotope that is radioactive
 
radioisotopic
 
adj

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radioisotope ra·di·o·i·so·tope (rā'dē-ō-ī'sə-tōp')
n.
A naturally or artificially produced radioactive isotope.

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radioisotope   (rā'dē-ō-ī'sə-tōp')  Pronunciation Key 
A radioactive isotope of a chemical element. Carbon 14 and radon 222 are examples of naturally occurring radioactive isotopes.
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radioisotope

any of several species of the same chemical element with different masses whose nuclei are unstable and dissipate excess energy by spontaneously emitting radiation in the form of alpha, beta, and gamma rays.

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