lanthanum


lan·tha·num

noun \-nəm\

Definition of LANTHANUM

:  a white soft malleable metallic element that occurs in rare-earth minerals — see element table

Origin of LANTHANUM

New Latin, from Greek lanthanein to escape notice — more at latent
First Known Use: 1841

lan·tha·num

noun \-nəm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LANTHANUM

: a white soft malleable metallic element that occurs in rare-earth minerals—symbol La; see element table

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