ti·ta·ni·um | \tī-ˈtā-nē-əm, tə- also -ˈta-nē-əm, -ˈtan-yəm\

Definition of titanium 

: a silvery-gray light strong metallic element obtained from ilmenite and rutile and used especially in alloys and combined in refractory materials, pigments, and coatings — see Chemical Elements Table

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Nelson Cruz unveiled his arms, which might be made of titanium. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 The presence of passengers also makes cooling a major part of future research, since the skin of the aircraft (probably made of titanium) gets as hot as 1,100 degrees F during flight because of air friction. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Boeing's Hypersonic Passenger Plane Concept Works," 26 June 2018 Last month, the Taiwanese high jeweler won a Masterpiece award at the London fair of the same name for the Peony Brooch in titanium, gold, and yellow lacquer, which counts nearly 180 carats of rubies and close to six carats of diamonds. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 Dermatologists often recommend titanium and zinc formulas for children and people with sensitive skin. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "What all those words on the sunscreen bottle really mean," 2 July 2018 On June 23, doctors used titanium, mesh and 14 screws to repair Katie’s broken jaw, cheek and face. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Drifts for 45 Minutes in Terrifying Parasailing Accident Before Crashing, Breaking 4 Ribs," 27 June 2018 For blue sapphires, traditionally the most sought-after color, the important trace elements are iron and titanium. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "From One Mineral, Brilliant Reds and Bright Blues," 22 June 2018 And measurements of barium, titanium, and iron show that the mass of growing life was much higher, as well. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Life returned to crater of Cretaceous asteroid in the blink of an eye," 30 May 2018 Most of the time, these metals — like stainless steel and titanium — are very stiff and can cause more fractures themselves, according to Mei Wei, a materials scientist at the University of Connecticut. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How scientists are engineering silk to save our bodies," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of titanium

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titanium

New Latin, from Greek Titan

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English Language Learners Definition of titanium

: a very strong and light silvery metal


ti·ta·ni·um | \tī-ˈtān-ē-əm, tə- also -ˈtan-\

Medical Definition of titanium 

: a silvery gray light strong metallic element found combined in ilmenite and rutile and used especially in alloys (as steel) and combined in refractory materials and in coatings symbol Ti — see Chemical Elements Table

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