[men-dl-ee-vee-uh m]

Origin of mendelevium

1950–55; named after D. I. Mendeleev; see -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for mendelevium


  1. a transuranic element artificially produced by bombardment of einsteinium. Symbol: Md; atomic no: 101; half-life of most stable isotope, 258 Md: 60 days (approx.); valency: 2 or 3

Word Origin for mendelevium

C20: named after D. I. Mendeleyev
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Word Origin and History for mendelevium

1955, Modern Latin, in honor of Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev.

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mendelevium in Medicine


n. Symbol Md
  1. A synthetic radioactive element; its most stable isotope is Md 258 with a half-life of 56 days. Atomic number 101.
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mendelevium in Science


  1. A synthetic, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that is produced by bombarding einsteinium with helium ions. Its most stable isotope is Md 258 with a half-life of approximately 51.5 days. Atomic number 101. See Periodic Table.
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