Definition of indium
: a silvery malleable fusible chiefly trivalent metallic element that occurs especially in sphalerite ores and is used especially as a plating material, in alloys, and in electronics — see element table
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Both types contain a layer of gallium indium arsenide sandwiched between alternating electricity-conducting layers of reflective gallium arsenide and gallium aluminum arsenide.
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Origin and Etymology of indium
International Scientific Vocabulary ind- + New Latin -ium
First Known Use: 1864
Medical Definition of indium
: a malleable fusible silvery metallic element that is chiefly trivalent, occurs especially in sphalerite ores, and is used as a plating for bearings, in alloys having a low melting point, and in making transistors—symbol In; see element table
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