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Pronunciation: kyu're-um

Definition: An element, atomic no. 96, atomic wt. 247.07, not occurring naturally on earth, and first formed artificially in 1944 by bombarding 239Pu with alpha particles; the most stable of the curium isotopes is 247Cm, with a half-life of 15.6 million years.

See: curie

[Marie and Pierre Curie]

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