Definition of rutherfordium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌrʌðəˈfɔːdiəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrʌðərˈfɔːrdiəm//
[uncountable] (symbol Rf)
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a chemical element. Rutherfordium is radioactive and does not exist in nature but is produced artificially when atoms collide (= crash into each other). Word Origin1960s: modern Latin, named after E. Rutherford (1871-1937), the New Zealand physicist.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rutherfordium