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ruthenium

[roo-thee-nee-uh m, -theen-yuh m]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a steel-gray, rare metallic element, belonging to the platinum group of metals. Symbol: Ru; atomic weight: 101.07; atomic number: 44; specific gravity: 12.2 at 20°C.

Origin of ruthenium

1840–50; < New Latin, named after Ruthenia (from the fact that it was first found in ore from the region); see -ium
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Historical Examples

  • In Fremys process for separating osmium from the residues of platinum ore, ruthenium occurs in a dioxide.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • The lower ovoids in ruthenium are identical in composition, with those of iron, cobalt and nickel and may be studied under Iron.

    Occult Chemistry</p>

    Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater


British Dictionary definitions for ruthenium

ruthenium

noun
  1. a hard brittle white element of the platinum metal group. It occurs free with other platinum metals in pentlandite and other ores and is used to harden platinum and palladium. Symbol: Ru; atomic no: 44; atomic wt: 101.07; valency: 0–8; relative density: 12.41; melting pt: 2334°C; boiling pt: 4150°C

Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin Ruthenia Russia, where it was first discovered
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Word Origin and History for ruthenium

n.

metallic element, 1845, named by Russian chemist Karl Klauss, from a name proposed earlier (1828) in reference to a metal extracted from ores from the Ural Mountains of Russia (see Ruthenian).

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ruthenium in Medicine

ruthenium

([object Object])
n. Symbol Ru
  1. A hard acid-resistant metallic element that is found in platinum ores. Atomic number 44.
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ruthenium in Science

ruthenium

[rōō-thēnē-əm]
Ru
  1. A rare, silvery-gray metallic element that is hard, brittle, and very resistant to corrosion. It is used to harden alloys of platinum and palladium for jewelry and electrical contacts. Atomic number 44; atomic weight 101.07; melting point 2,310°C; boiling point 3,900°C; specific gravity 12.41; valence 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. See Periodic Table.
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