Definitions

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

  • noun A unit of radioactivity, equal to the amount of radioactive decay of an isotope; equal to 3.7 × 1010 disintegrations per second, or 3.7 × 1010 becquerels. In 1975, the curie was replaced by the becquerel as the standard SI unit of radioactivity.

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  • noun 3.7×1010 decays per second, as a unit of radioactivity. Symbol Ci.

Etymologies

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

[After Pierre Curie.]

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Borrowing from French curie. Named after French physicist Pierre Curie (1859 - 1906).

Examples

  • The curie is a unit of radioactivity (3.7 x 1010 decays per second or 37 gigabecquerels) originally named in honor of Pierre Curie by the Radiology Congress in 1910.

    Curie, Pierre

  • The amount of emanation in equilibrium with one gramme of radium is called the curie, and with one

    The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 10 million curies of radiation escaped the damaged reactor core (a "curie" is a unit of radioactivity that denotes how many radioactive atoms in a particular collection of atoms are giving off radiation; 1 curie = 37 billion atoms giving off radiation).

    Daniel Kessler: Remembering the Three Mile Island Meltdown

  • (A curie is a measure of radioactivity, with 1 curie equal to the activity of one gram of radium.

    Facing South

  • (A curie is a measure of radioactivity, with 1 curie equal to the activity of one gram of radium.

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  • According to fifty medical, public health and child welfare experts and advocates who asked the NJ Supreme court for permission to file an amicus curie friend of the court brief in the case, the lower court decisions are based on popular assumptions about drugs, pregnant women, and child welfare that lack any foundation in evidence-based, peer-reviewed research.

    Lynn M. Paltrow: Should Science Matter for Pregnant Women's Health Care and Rights?

  • According to fifty medical, public health and child welfare experts and advocates who asked the NJ Supreme court for permission to file an amicus curie friend of the court brief in the case, the lower court decisions are based on popular assumptions about drugs, pregnant women, and child welfare that lack any foundation in evidence-based, peer-reviewed research.

    Lynn M. Paltrow: Should Science Matter for Pregnant Women's Health Care and Rights?

  • According to fifty medical, public health and child welfare experts and advocates who asked the NJ Supreme court for permission to file an amicus curie friend of the court brief in the case, the lower court decisions are based on popular assumptions about drugs, pregnant women, and child welfare that lack any foundation in evidence-based, peer-reviewed research.

    Lynn M. Paltrow: Should Science Matter for Pregnant Women's Health Care and Rights?

  • According to fifty medical, public health and child welfare experts and advocates who asked the NJ Supreme court for permission to file an amicus curie friend of the court brief in the case, the lower court decisions are based on popular assumptions about drugs, pregnant women, and child welfare that lack any foundation in evidence-based, peer-reviewed research.

    Lynn M. Paltrow: Should Science Matter for Pregnant Women's Health Care and Rights?

  • According to fifty medical, public health and child welfare experts and advocates who asked the NJ Supreme court for permission to file an amicus curie friend of the court brief in the case, the lower court decisions are based on popular assumptions about drugs, pregnant women, and child welfare that lack any foundation in evidence-based, peer-reviewed research.

    Lynn M. Paltrow: Should Science Matter for Pregnant Women's Health Care and Rights?

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