ytterbous

ytterbium

[ih-tur-bee-uhm]
noun Chemistry.
a rare metallic element found in gadolinite and forming compounds resembling those of yttrium. Symbol: Yb; atomic weight: 173.04; atomic number: 70; specific gravity: 6.96.


Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin; see ytterbia, -ium

ytterbic, ytterbous, adjective
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ytterbium (ɪˈtɜːbɪəm)
 
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a soft malleable silvery element of the lanthanide series of metals that occurs in monazite and is used to improve the mechanical properties of steel. Symbol: Yb; atomic no: 70; atomic wt: 173.04; valency: 2 or 3; relative density: 6.903 (alpha), 6.966 (beta); melting pt: 819°C; boiling pt: 1196°C
 
[C19: New Latin; see ytterbia]

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ytterbium
metallic rare-earth element, 1879, coined in Mod.L. by Swed. chemist Carl Gustaf Mosander (1797-1858) from Ytterby, name of a town in Sweden where it was discovered.
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ytterbium yt·ter·bi·um (ĭ-tûr'bē-əm)
n.
Symbol Yb
A soft bright allotropic rare-earth element. Atomic number 70; atomic weight 173.04; melting point 824°C; boiling point 1,194°C; specific gravity 6.97 or 6.90 (25°C) depending on allotropic form; valence 2, 3.

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ytterbium   (ĭ-tûr'bē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Symbol Yb
A soft, silvery-white metallic element of the lanthanide series that occurs as seven stable isotopes. It is used as a radiation source for portable x-ray machines. Atomic number 70; atomic weight 173.04; melting point 824°C; boiling point 1,196°C; specific gravity 6.972 or 6.54 (25°C) depending on allotropic form; valence 2, 3. See Periodic Table.
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