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decay constant


Definition: the fractional change in the number of atoms of a radionuclide that occurs in unit time; the constant ? in the equation for the fraction (dN/N) of the number of atoms (N) of a radionuclide disintegrating in time dt, dN/N = -?dt.

Synonym(s): disintegration constant, radioactive constant, transformation constant

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