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plutonium

 (Pu) [ploo-to´ne-um]
a chemical element, atomic number 94, atomic weight 242. (See Appendix 6.)

plu·to·ni·um (Pu),

(plū-tō'nē-ŭm),
A transuranium artificial radioactive element, atomic no. 94, atomic wt. 244.064. The best-known α-emitting isotope is 239Pu (half-life 24,110 years) which, like 235U, is fissionable and can be used in atomic bombs and nuclear power plants; 238Pu (half-life 87.74 years) is used as an energy source in pacemakers. Pu ions are bone-seekers; ingestion is a radiation hazard, as with radium and radiostrontium.
[planet, Pluto]

plu·to·ni·um

(Pu) (plū-tō'nē-ŭm)
A transuranium artificial radioactive element, atomic no. 94, atomic wt. 244.064. The best-known α-emitting isotope is 239Pu (half-life 24,110 years), which, like 235U, is fissionable and can be used in atomic bombs and nuclear power plants; 238Pu (half-life 87.74 years) is used as an energy source in pacemakers. Pu ions are bone seekers; ingestion is a radiation hazard as with radium and radiostrontium.
[planet, Pluto]

plutonium

A highly poisonous, radioactive metallic element produced from uranium in atomic breeder reactors and used as a fissile element in nuclear weapons. Plutonium concentrates in the bones where it remains for many years.
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Most of the separated civil plutonium has been created at commercial fuel reprocessing plants in Britain and France, to which various other countries, especially Germany and Japan, have been sending some of the spent fuel from their commercial uranium-fueled reactors, expecting to eventually use the returned plutonium as reactor fuel.
The deal calls for Canada to accept a "small" shipment of nine nuclear fuel rods from the US, containing approximately 120 grams of plutonium, according to a US Department of Energy (DOE) statement.
THE European Commission has launched an inquiry after a shipment of radioactive plutonium bound for a French nuclear plant, turned up in Oxfordshire.
Two British scientists inhaled plutonium in an experiment to mimic the effects of a nuclear accident, it emerged yesterday.
About 30 members of South Korea's leading environmental movement group staged a rally Friday in front of the Japanese Embassy here to protest Japan's planned shipment of plutonium expected to pass through the Korea Strait.