thallium


thal·li·um

noun \ˈtha-lē-əm\

Definition of THALLIUM

:  a soft poisonous metallic element that resembles lead in physical properties, occurs sparsely in a number of common ores, and is used chiefly in the form of compounds especially in photosensitive devices and formerly as a pesticide — see element table

Origin of THALLIUM

New Latin, from Greek thallos green shoot; from the bright green line in its spectrum
First Known Use: 1861

Rhymes with THALLIUM

thal·li·um

noun \ˈthal-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of THALLIUM

: a sparsely but widely distributed poisonous metallic element that resembles lead in physical properties and is used chiefly in the form of compounds in photoelectric cells or as a pesticide—symbol Tl; see element table

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