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half-life

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Physics
half-lifeˈhalf-life noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 HPthe length of time it takes a radioactive substance to lose half of its radioactivity
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half-lifeThe time it takes for a dose of a drug to wear off is measured by a value called a half-life.But it has a half-life of just 140 days so there can be little delay manufacture and its incorporation into a bomb.With a half-life of 12 years, tritium could build up in the Tamar estuary and eventually enter the human food chain.The more complete descriptive term is drug elimination half-life.The time taken for half of the atoms of a radioactive isotope to decay is called its half-life.No one has a long half-life as the star of the program.These effects are less marked with fentanyl because of its shorter serum half-life.The daily intake should be divided into at least three doses because of the short half-life.
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