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transuranic

, transuranium (tranz″ū-ran′ĭk) (-rā′nē-ŭm) [ trans- + uran(ium) + -ic]
Pert. to a chemical element that has an atomic number greater than 92 (the atomic number of uranium). None of the transuranic elements are stable, and they all decay by radioactivity into other elements. Americium, berkelium, and californium are transuranic elements.
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In addition to the induced fusion experiments, the Soviet scientists have undertaken searches of natural mineral samples for evidence of transuranic elements that may exist in nature.
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According to the GAO report, NNSA removed about 79 per cent of the transuranic waste at Los Alamos by last July but the remaining 21 per cent includes buried waste, which officials say will be the most difficult and expensive to address.
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