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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 Chemical Elements Table

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Recent Examples on the Web The low-temperature polycrystalline oxide will also use IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology for improved efficiency and responsiveness. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 July 2021 Depending on the kind of technology used, a solar module typically requires materials such as glass, silicon, copper, silver, aluminium, cadmium, tellurium, indium, gallium and selenium. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz, 26 May 2021 The firm's Rare Metals division produces, reclaims, refines, and markets high-value niche metals and compounds that include gallium, indium, rhenium, tantalum, niobium, and hafnium. Moneyshow, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Three components: yttrium oxide, manganese oxide, and indium oxide. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, 8 Dec. 2020 The measurements revealed that alloys of lead, indium, and tin were the likeliest phases. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2020 In the paper, scientists characterize the meteorites’ material phases as alloys of lead, tin and indium, which is the softest non-alkali metal. Fox News, 24 Mar. 2020 Kanatzidis’s team combined lithium, indium, phosphorous, and selenium in a layered array of crystals. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2020 Nintendo will partner with Sharp to put the company's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) displays in the Switch, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of indium

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indium

International Scientific Vocabulary ind- + New Latin -ium

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in·​di·​um | \ ˈin-dē-əm How to pronounce indium (audio) \

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 Chemical Elements Table

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