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Definition: 'Carbon 14'

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carbon 14 (14C)

Type: Term

Pronunciation: kar′bŏn

Definitions:
1. A β-emitter with a half-life of 5715 years, widely used as a tracer in studying various aspects of metabolism; naturally occurring 14C, arising from cosmic ray bombardment, is used to date relics containing natural carbonaceous materials.



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