a rare-earth metallic element. Symbol: Gd; atomic weight: 157.25; atomic number: 64.
- gad·o·lin·ic, adjective
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How to use gadolinium in a sentence
However, they had enough old Federation-period textbooks still in microprint to know what could be done with gadolinium.
gadolinium was essential to hyperdrive engines; the engines of a ship the size of the Nemesis required fifty pounds of it.
Her captain wanted fissionables and gadolinium; Count Lionel was building more ships.
Hey, you're not thinking of selling Amaterasu plutonium and Beowulf gadolinium, are you?
British Dictionary definitions for gadolinium
a ductile malleable silvery-white ferromagnetic element of the lanthanide series of metals: occurs principally in monazite and bastnaesite. Symbol: Gd; atomic no: 64; atomic wt: 157.25; valency: 3; relative density: 7.901; melting pt: 1313±°C; boiling pt: 3273°C (approx.)
- gadolinic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for gadolinium
A silvery-white, malleable, ductile metallic element of the lanthanide series that has seven natural isotopes and 11 artificial isotopes. Two of the natural isotopes, Gd 155 and Gd 157, are the best known neutron absorbers. Gadolinium is used to improve the heat and corrosion resistance of iron, chromium, and various alloys and in medicine as a contrast medium for magnetic resonance imaging and as a radioisotope in bone mineral analysis. Atomic number 64; atomic weight 157.25; melting point 1,312°C; boiling point approximately 3,000°C; specific gravity from 7.8 to 7.896; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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