lithium carbonate

noun

Definition of lithium carbonate

: a crystalline salt Li2CO3 used in the glass and ceramic industries and in medicine especially in the treatment of bipolar disorder

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Recent Examples on the Web An electric current strips carbon atoms from the lithium carbonate and adds heat that sustains the reaction. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Can the world make the chemicals it needs without oil?," 19 Sep. 2019 The process relies on a type of molten salt known as lithium carbonate, or Li2CO3. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover How to Make Carbon Nanotubes Out of Carbon Dioxide," 31 May 2018 The Li2O, meanwhile, reacts with carbon dioxide in the air and re-forms the lithium carbonate salt. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 The salt in question is lithium carbonate, or Li2CO3, which is molten at a reaction temperature of 723°C. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 More commonly used for health purposes, lithium carbonate is often used in tandem with treatment of mental health disorders. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover How to Make Carbon Nanotubes Out of Carbon Dioxide," 31 May 2018 Average global lithium carbonate prices jumped 9 percent last month, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data. David Stringer, Bloomberg.com, "The Electric Vehicle Future Is Already Boosting Miners’ Earnings," 23 Feb. 2018 Our research suggests that if these objectives are fulfilled, lithium demand for electric cars will absorb about 400,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent by 2025. The Economist, "LettersLetters to the editor," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of lithium carbonate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithium carbonate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithium%20carbonate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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lithium carbonate

noun

Medical Definition of lithium carbonate

: a crystalline salt Li2CO3 used in the glass and ceramic industries and in medicine in the treatment of mania and hypomania in bipolar disorder

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