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particulate form

English translation: in the form of particles

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English term or phrase: particulate form
Selected answer:in the form of particles
Entered by: Masoud Kakoli

21:33 Oct 25, 2016
English language (monolingual) [PRO]
Science - Nuclear Eng/Sci
English term or phrase: particulate form
The isotopic ratios and concentrations of plutonium varied between neighbouring sampling areas (which indicates that the plutonium was in particulate form), resulting in a non-uniform deposition.

Does it simply mean that plutonium was found in very small particles?
Masoud Kakoli
Iran
Local time: 07:04
in the form of particles
Explanation:
There's nothing about 'particualte form' to suggest specifically SMALL particles (though we would sincerely hope they WOULD be!) — it just means as distinct from, say, a gas or liguid form, or a large solid block. So because it was in particles, it was possible for them to be unevenly distributed
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Tony M
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Local time: 04:34
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4 +7in the form of particles
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in the form of particles


Explanation:
There's nothing about 'particualte form' to suggest specifically SMALL particles (though we would sincerely hope they WOULD be!) — it just means as distinct from, say, a gas or liguid form, or a large solid block. So because it was in particles, it was possible for them to be unevenly distributed

Tony M
France
Local time: 04:34
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
47 mins
  -> Thanks, Jack!

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
7 hrs
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agree  Terry Richards
11 hrs
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agree  Veronika McLaren
15 hrs
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agree  Didier Fourcot: If it has been in liquid form (ions), it should have been spread more evenly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium
19 hrs
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agree  acetran
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agree  Jörgen Slet
57 days
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