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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A synthetic transuranic element having isotopes with mass numbers from 237 to 256 and half-lives varying from 21 milliseconds to 898 years. All isotopes are radioactive, chiefly by emission of alpha particles, and Cf-252 is a potent neutron emitter. Atomic number 98; melting point 900°C; specific gravity 15.1; valence 3. cross-reference: Periodic Table.

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  • noun a transuranic chemical element (symbol Cf) with an atomic number of 98.

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  • noun a radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding curium with alpha particles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After California.]

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From California + Neo-Latin suffix -ium

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    December 16, 2007