American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A highly unstable radioactive element, the heaviest of the halogen series, that resembles iodine in solution. Its longest lived isotope has a mass number of 210 and has a half-life of 8.3 hours. Atomic number 85; melting point 302°C; boiling point 337°C; valence probably 1, 3, 5, 7. See Table at element.
- n. a highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series); a decay product of uranium and thorium
- From Ancient Greek ἄστατος ("unstable") + -ine. (Wiktionary)
- Greek astatos, unstable; see astasia + -ine2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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