noun gal·li·um \ˈga-lē-əm\

Definition of GALLIUM

:  a bluish-white metallic element obtained especially as a by-product in refining various ores and used especially in semiconductors and optoelectronic devices — see element table

Origin of GALLIUM

New Latin, from Latin gallus cock (intended as translation of surname of Paul Lecoq de Boisbaudran †1912 French chemist)
First Known Use: 1875

Rhymes with GALLIUM


noun gal·li·um \ˈgal-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GALLIUM

:  a rare bluish white metallic element that is hard and brittle at low temperatures but melts just above room temperature and expands on freezing and that is used in the form of its hydrated nitrate salt Ga(NO3)3·9H2O to treat hypercalcemia caused by certain cancers—symbol Ga; see element table


Next Word in the Dictionary: gallium arsenidePrevious Word in the Dictionary: gallipotAll Words Near: gallium
May 25, 2015
callithump Hear it
a noisy boisterous band or parade
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears