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1Chemistry. Of or relating to uranium in one of its lower oxidation states (often +4); designating such a state. Contrasted with "uranic".
2Generally. Relating to or containing uranium as an element. rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Shepard (1804–1886). From uran- + -ous, probably after French uraneux.
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