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tantalum

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noun tan·ta·lum \ˈtan-tə-ləm\

Definition of tantalum

  1. :  a gray-white ductile acid-resisting metallic element found combined in rare minerals (as tantalite and columbite) and used especially in electronic components — see element table



Origin and Etymology of tantalum

New Latin, from Latin Tantalus; from its inability to absorb acid


First Known Use: 1809


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tantalum

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noun tan·ta·lum \ˈtant-əl-əm\

Medical Definition of tantalum

  1. :  a hard ductile gray-white acid-resisting metallic element of the vanadium family found combined in rare minerals and sometimes used in surgical implants and sutures—symbol Ta; see element table




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