hafnium

noun
haf·ni·um | \ˈhaf-nē-əm \

Definition of hafnium 

: a metallic element that resembles zirconium in its chemical properties, occurs especially in zirconium minerals, and readily absorbs neutrons — see Chemical Elements Table

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Glenn is developing an alloy of nickel, titanium and hafnium to manipulate flaps, winglets, rudders and other parts in air and space. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Dishwasher returns to hotel as NASA Glenn researcher getting prestigious science award (photos)," 8 Dec. 2017 Hafnium is especially interesting, as semiconductor manufacturers have been using hafnium oxide as an insulator in their transistors. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Running chemical reactions in liquid metal makes atomically thin materials," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hafnium

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hafnium

New Latin, from Hafnia (Copenhagen), Denmark

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hafnium

noun
haf·ni·um | \ˈhaf-nē-əm \

Kids Definition of hafnium

: a gray metallic chemical element

hafnium

noun
haf·ni·um | \ˈhaf-nē-əm \

Medical Definition of hafnium 

: a metallic element that resembles zirconium chemically, occurs in zirconium minerals, and readily absorbs neutrons symbol Hf — see Chemical Elements Table

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