neo·​dym·​i·​um | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈdi-mē-əm How to pronounce neodymium (audio) \

Definition of neodymium

: a silver-white to yellow metallic element of the rare-earth group that is used especially in magnets and lasers — see Chemical Elements Table

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Recent Examples on the Web Rocks containing rare earth minerals like neodymium, widely used in electronics, glow with exposure to an ultraviolet flashlight. National Geographic, "Should we sacrifice our skies for 5G service?," 4 Dec. 2019 Rare earths include elements such as neodymium, used in magnets, and yttrium, used for electronics. Washington Post, "Rare Earths, the U.S.-China Trade War and Your Phone," 19 Sep. 2019 Very small amounts of these materials — including neodymium, dysprosium and yttrium — contribute to many signature products of the modern world, such as cell phones, electric cars, wind turbines and precision weapons. Eugene Gholz For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The rare earths industry can weather any Chinese trade battle," 23 July 2019 Greenland has some of the biggest deposits of neodymium, dysprosium, terbium, praseodymium, and uranium. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Three questions on Trump's Greenland gambit," 22 Aug. 2019 This won't work with one of those fancy neodymium magnets. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of Falling Magnets in Stranger Things Season 3," 9 Aug. 2019 That sent the price of neodymium and other rare earths soaring. Charles Riley, CNN, "BMW and Jaguar Land Rover won't need China's rare earths for their new electric engines," 5 June 2019 The mine’s top products are neodymium and praseodymium, or NdPr, two elements which are used together to make the lightweight magnets that help power electric cars and wind turbines and are found in electronics such as laptop hard drives. Washington Post, "US-China trade war sparks worries about rare earth minerals," 8 June 2019 For example, neodymium is the most commonly used rare earth magnet. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of neodymium

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neodymium

neo- + (di)dymium, after German Neodym)

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The first known use of neodymium was in 1885

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19 Dec 2019

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“Neodymium.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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neo·​dym·​i·​um | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈdim-ē-əm How to pronounce neodymium (audio) \

Medical Definition of neodymium

: a yellow metallic element of the rare-earth group symbol Nd — see Chemical Elements Table

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