Definition of Rutherford

1. Noun. A unit strength of a radioactive source equal to one million disintegrations per second.

Generic synonyms: Radioactivity Unit

2. Noun. British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819).
Exact synonyms: Daniel Rutherford
Generic synonyms: Chemist

3. Noun. British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937).

Definition of Rutherford

1. Proper noun. (surname Scottish habitational from=Old English dot=) from a place where there was once a settlement in the Scottish borders. ¹

2. Noun. An obsolete unit of radioactivity (symbol: rd), defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one million nuclei decay per second. ¹

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Medical Definition of Rutherford

1. An obsolete term for a unit of radioactivity, representing that quantity of radioactive material in which a million disintegrations are taking place per second; 37 rutherford equal 1 mCi. See: Becquerel. Origin: Ernest Rutherford, British physicist and Nobel laureate, 1871-1937 (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rutherford

ruthenic acid
ruthenium compounds
ruthenium radioisotopes
ruthenium red
rutherford (current term)

Literary usage of Rutherford

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"In 1889 Lewis rutherford conveyed to Stuart Wood the coal and other minerals ... Said Lewis rutherford died in November, 1910, seized of the surface of said ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"1768 my father married Anne rutherford, eldest daughter of Dr. John rutherford, professor of medicine in the university of Edinburgh. ..."

3. Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United by George Edward Cokayne (1895)
"1745, ALEXANDER rutherford assumed the title of LORD to rutherford [SI as a. anil h. of the above and was under that 176G. sty! ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
""On said April 17, 1895, said Tyler 4 rutherford, under the aforesaid ... Said Barrett stated to said Tyler 4 rutherford that the proposed risk was a ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"rutherford were settled, and the two policies were treated as dead, ... Said Barrett stated to said Tyler 4 rutherford that the proposed risk was a special ..."

6. The Scottish Nation: Or, The Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and by William Anderson (1863)
"In 1449, James rutherford ofthat ilk, the eldest son, was. with his brother, ... His son, James rutherford of that ilk, in 1457 was one of the conservators ..."

7. The Bench and Bar of Georgia: Memoirs and Sketches: Memoirs and Sketches by Stephen Franks Miller (1858)
"ROBERT rutherford. His father, Col. John rutherford, was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, removed from South Carolina in 1783, and settled in Wilkes ..."

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