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rhenium

noun rhe·ni·um \ˈrē-nē-əm\

Definition of RHENIUM

:  a rare heavy metallic element that is obtained either as a gray powder or as a silver-white hard metal, is usually extracted as a by-product of molybdenum smelting, and is used especially in catalysts and alloys — see element table

Origin of RHENIUM

New Latin, from Latin Rhenus Rhine River
First Known Use: 1925

rhenium

noun rhe·ni·um \ˈrē-nē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RHENIUM

:  a rare heavy metallic element that resembles manganese, is obtained either as a powder or as a silver-white hard metal, and is used in catalysts for dehydrogenation and in thermocouples—symbol Re; see element table

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