ytterbia

[ ih-tur-bee-uh ]
/ ɪˈtɜr bi ə /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless compound, Yb2O3, used in certain alloys and ceramics.

Origin of ytterbia

1875–80; < New Latin, named after Ytterby, a quarry near Stockholm, Sweden, where found; see -ia
Also called ytterbium oxide.
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British Dictionary definitions for ytterbium oxide (1 of 2)

ytterbium oxide


noun

a colourless weakly basic hygroscopic substance used in certain alloys and ceramics. Formula: Yb 2 O 3Also called: ytterbia

British Dictionary definitions for ytterbium oxide (2 of 2)

ytterbia

/ (ɪˈtɜːbɪə) /

noun

another name for ytterbium oxide

Word Origin for ytterbia

C19: New Latin, named after Ytterby, Swedish quarry where it was discovered
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