Atomic weight, 2224. A rare inert element of recent discovery, being a radium emanation soluble >n water, prepared by heating a radium compound or by dissolving it in water and pumping off the gases slowly generated from it, and from which it is obtained by first of all removing any associated oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen, thus leaving the niton from which in turn the generated helium may be pumped off. It can be condensed to the solid state, and both it and the liquid forms are phosphorescent. It is said to spontaneously decompose into helium and other substances.
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