lithium niobate

noun lithium ni·o·bate \-ˈnī-ə-ˌbāt\

Definition of lithium niobate

  1. :  a crystalline material LiNbO3 whose physical properties change in response to pressure or the presence of an electric field and which is used in fiber optics and as a synthetic gemstone

Origin and Etymology of lithium niobate

niobium + 1-ate

First Known Use: 1966

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