from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A form of radiometric dating used to determine the age of organic remains in ancient objects, such as archaeological specimens, on the basis of the half-life of carbon-14 and a comparison between the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14 in a sample of the remains to the known ratio in living organisms.
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- noun physics, archaeology, paleontology A method of
estimatingthe ageof an artifactor biological vestigebased on the relative amountsof the different isotopesof carbonpresent in a sample.
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- noun a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon-14; believed to be reliable up to 40,000 years
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