from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An artificially produced radioactive element with atomic number 109 whose most long-lived isotopes have mass numbers of 266 and 268 with half-lives of 3.4 milliseconds and 70 milliseconds, respectively. Also called unnilennium. See Table at element.
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- n. A transuranic chemical element (symbol Mt) with atomic number 109.
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- n. a radioactive transuranic element
First, we learn about the brave physicist after whom meitnerium is named.
An element discovered in 1982 has been named meitnerium to honor Lise Meitner (1878-1968), the Austrian-Swedish physicist and mathematician who discovered the element protactinium and made major contributions to the understanding of nuclear fission.