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technetium

Pronunciation: tek-ne'she-um

Definition: An artificial radioactive element, atomic no. 43, atomic wt. 99, produced in 1937 by bombardment of molybdenum by deuterons; also a product of the fission of 235U; used extensively as a radiographic tracer in imaging studies of internal organs.

[G. technetos, artificial]

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