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radioactive equilibrium

 

Definition: a situation (not a true equilibrium) in which a particular atom is being produced by the radioactive breakdown of a precursor while it is itself breaking down, the two breakdowns matching so that over a period of time the ratio of radioactivity of product and precursor is constant.

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