ytterbium

[ ih-tur-bee-uh m ]
/ ɪˈtɜr bi əm /

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.

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Origin of ytterbium

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at ytterbia, -ium

OTHER WORDS FROM ytterbium

yt·ter·bic, yt·ter·bous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ytterbium

ytterbium
/ (ɪˈtɜːbɪəm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ytterbium

C19: New Latin; see ytterbia
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Medical definitions for ytterbium

ytterbium
[ ĭ-tûrbē-əm ]

n. Symbol Yb

A soft bright allotropic rare-earth element, whose radioisotope is used in diagnostic imaging of the brain. Atomic number 70.
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Scientific definitions for ytterbium

ytterbium
[ ĭ-tûrbē-əm ]

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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