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Definition of scandium

: a silvery-white metallic element found widely especially in association with rare earth elements and used especially in alloys and in high-intensity electric lamps — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of scandium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, Russian suppliers of scandium, a rare-earth metal and crucial ingredient, raised their price. Rebecca Davis O’brien And Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 Scientists have come up with several ways to purify scandium from red mud. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 20 Aug. 2020 Ultimately, red mud could meet 10% of Europe’s demand for scandium, Balomenos says. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 20 Aug. 2020 Researchers have recently shown that scandium-aluminum alloys are as much as 40% stronger than pure aluminum. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 20 Aug. 2020 With names like europium, scandium and ytterbium, the bulk of rare earth minerals are extracted from mines in China, where lower wages and lax environmental standards make production cheaper and easier. Washington Post, 8 June 2019 Gallium and scandium, for example, were both discovered in the 1870s. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of scandium

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scandium

New Latin, from Latin Scandia, ancient name of southern Scandinavian peninsula

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“Scandium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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Medical Definition of scandium

: a white trivalent metallic element found in association with rare earth elements symbol Sc — see Chemical Elements Table

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