praseodymium

noun

pra·​seo·​dym·​i·​um ˌprā-zē-ō-ˈdi-mē-əm How to pronounce praseodymium (audio)
ˌprā-sē-
: a yellowish-white metallic element of the rare-earth group used especially in alloys and in the form of its salts in coloring glass greenish yellow see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of praseodymium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within the lights, there are two elements that everyone is chasing, neodymium and praseodymium. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Dec. 2023 Two of these metals help speakers produce sound, neodymium and praseodymium. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 So in other words, using CRISPR technology to engineer bacteria or enzymes to bind directly to the neodymium and the praseodymium, pull those out of the broader solution and drop them down ready for final processing. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Dec. 2023 The specific rare-earth elements are neodymium, praseodymium, samarium, and dysprosium. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2023 Manufacturers add rare-earth minerals such as neodymium and praseodymium to ensure that magnets maintain their polarity even at temperatures above 300 degrees. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 Making the next element, praseodymium, actually moves the newest electron in the fifth circle to the fourth, and adds one more. Stanley Merzman, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2018 Two other rare-earth metals, neodymium and praseodymium, work their magic at the other end of the spectrum. Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2011 China processes more than half of the world’s cobalt, lithium, and the class of rare-earth elements (REEs) that includes neodymium, dysprosium, praseodymium, and terbium . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, alteration of praseodidymium, irregular from Greek prasios, adjective + New Latin didymium didymium

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of praseodymium was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Praseodymium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praseodymium. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

praseodymium

noun
pra·​seo·​dym·​i·​um ˌprā-zē-ō-ˈdim-ē-əm How to pronounce praseodymium (audio)
: a yellowish white metallic element used especially in alloys and in coloring glass greenish yellow see element

Medical Definition

praseodymium

noun
pra·​seo·​dym·​i·​um ˌprā-zē-ō-ˈdim-ē-əm How to pronounce praseodymium (audio) ˌprā-sē- How to pronounce praseodymium (audio)
: a yellowish white trivalent metallic element of the rare-earth group
symbol Pr
see Chemical Elements Table

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