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palladium

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noun pal·la·di·um \pə-ˈlā-dē-əm\

Definition of palladium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a statue of Pallas whose preservation was believed to ensure the safety of Troy

  2. 2 plural palladiaplay \-dē-ə\ :  safeguard 2a

Did You Know?

Pallas Athena was one of the poetical names given to the Greek goddess Athena (although it's no longer clear what Pallas was supposed to mean), and the original palladium was a statue of Athena that was believed to have the power to protect the ancient city of Troy. When an asteroid belt was discovered between Mars and Jupiter, most of the asteroids were named after figures in Greek mythology, and one of the first to be discovered was named Pallas in 1803. In the same year, scientists isolated a new silvery metal element, which they named palladium in honor of the recently discovered asteroid.

Origin and Etymology of palladium

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek palladion, from Pallad-, Pallas


First Known Use: 14th century


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palladium

noun pal·la·di·um

Definition of palladium

  1. :  a silver-white ductile malleable metallic element that is used especially in electrical contacts, as a catalyst, and in alloys — see element table

palladous

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Origin and Etymology of palladium

New Latin, from Pallad-, Pallas, an asteroid


First Known Use: 1803


Medical Dictionary

palladium

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noun pal·la·di·um \pə-ˈlād-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of palladium

  1. :  a silver-white ductile malleable metallic element of the platinum group that is used especially in electrical contacts, as a catalyst, and in alloys—symbol Pd; see element table



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