rhenium

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noun rhe·ni·um \ˈrē-nē-əm\

Definition of rhenium

  1. :  a rare heavy metallic element that is obtained either as a gray powder or as a silver-white hard metal, is usually extracted as a by-product of molybdenum smelting, and is used especially in catalysts and alloys — see element table

Origin and Etymology of rhenium

New Latin, from Latin Rhenus Rhine River


First Known Use: 1925


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rhenium

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noun rhe·ni·um \ˈrē-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of rhenium

  1. :  a rare heavy metallic element that resembles manganese, is obtained either as a powder or as a silver-white hard metal, and is used in catalysts for dehydrogenation and in thermocouples—symbol Re; see element table


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