n. Symbol Rf
An artificially produced radioactive element with atomic number 104 that has only been produced in trace amounts. The isotope with mass number 261 has the longest confirmed half-life (65 seconds), although isotopes with longer half-lives have been reported. See Periodic Table.
[After Ernest Rutherford.]
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