strontium

noun
stron·​tium | \ ˈsträn(t)-sh(ē-)əm , ˈsträn-tē-əm\

Definition of strontium

: a soft malleable ductile metallic element of the alkaline-earth group occurring only in combination and used especially in color TV tubes, in crimson fireworks, and in the production of some ferrites — see Chemical Elements Table

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The authors explain this difference by suggesting that the ice was eroding different rocks once these interglacial periods started; a similar conclusion is supported by strontium isotope data. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now," 20 Sep. 2018 The strontium analysis, published in a 2013 PNAS paper, supports this idea. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Human bones absorb the element strontium through water and plant foods. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The People Who Built Stonehenge Came From Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 Life stories written in bone Different types of bedrock have different ratios of isotopes of the element strontium. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 Scientists can determine migration patterns by measuring strontium isotope ratios in tooth enamel, which forms in early childhood. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 As the strontium in the bedrock dissolves, plants take it up through their roots. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 Her colleagues also analyzed isotopes of strontium and oxygen that the teeth and bones had absorbed. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Most of the Aztec tesserae had strontium isotope ratios ranging from 0.705 to 0.706–much too low to have come from Arizona. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study rethinks pre-Columbian turquoise trade," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of strontium

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strontium

New Latin, from strontia strontium oxide, from obsolete English strontian, from Strontian, village in Scotland

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strontium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strontium

: a soft silver-white metal that is used in color TV tubes and red fireworks

strontium

noun
stron·​tium | \ ˈsträn-ch(ē-)əm , ˈstränt-ē-əm \

Medical Definition of strontium

: a soft malleable ductile bivalent metallic element of the alkaline-earth group occurring only in combination symbol Sr — see Chemical Elements Table

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