decay chain

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decay chain

, decay series
The series of isotopes that some radioactive elements change into as they undergo radioactive disintegration. The last element in the series is often a stable element (i.e., it is nonradioactive).
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The effects of disequilibria in the uranium and thorium decay chains on burial dose rates in fluvial sediments, Quaternary Science Reviews 15: 751-60.