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Definition of vanadium

: a silvery-grayish malleable ductile metallic element obtained from minerals and used especially to form alloys and in catalysts — see Chemical Elements Table

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The demand boom has reinvigorated vanadium projects world-wide, including the efforts of Energy Fuels Inc. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 Energy storage includes grid-scale lithium-ion batteries as well as vanadium and zinc flow batteries, lead-acid batteries, and advanced lead batteries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018 But in the future, analysts are expecting a shift in uses of vanadium. Mark Burton,, "Best-Performing Battery Metal of the Past Year Isn't Cobalt," 26 Jan. 2018 The samples were sent to an independent lab for analysis and showed elevated levels of pollutants, including lead, selenium, vanadium, barium, cadmium, cobalt, manganese, and arsenic. Dennis Pillion,, "Mobile Baykeeper: Coal ash endangers 'America's Amazon,' Mobile-Tensaw Delta," 28 Mar. 2018 It’s more expensive than the competition, but that’s because it’s made of chrome vanadium, an extremely tough and fracture-resistant material. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Best Locking Pliers You Can Buy," 29 Jan. 2018 Basically, every part of it is bad for you, and researchers just found two more toxins to add to the list: nickel and vanadium. Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek, "Surprise! The Air Near Major Ports Is Bad for Kids," 17 May 2016 The batteries in most of today’s medical devices use small but powerful lithium metal anodes paired with cathodes composed of iodine, carbon monofluoride, silver vanadium, or other materials. Melissa Jayne Kinsey, Slate Magazine, "Going Out With a Bang," 26 Oct. 2017 Battery materials such as cobalt and steel-hardener vanadium have surged, while minor precious metals like ruthenium rallied too. Thomas Biesheuvel,, "China Sends One of the West’s Most Critical Materials Soaring," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of vanadium

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vanadium

latinization of Swedish Vanadin, from Old Norse Vanadīs, epithet of the goddess Freya (from vana-, stem of vanr, one of the Vanir + dís "woman, female supernatural being") + Swedish -in -in entry 1

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The first known use of vanadium was in 1833

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va·​na·​di·​um | \ və-ˈnā-dē-əm How to pronounce vanadium (audio) \

Kids Definition of vanadium

: a metallic chemical element used in making a strong alloy of steel


va·​na·​di·​um | \ və-ˈnād-ē-əm How to pronounce vanadium (audio) \

Medical Definition of vanadium

: a grayish malleable ductile polyvalent metallic element found combined in minerals and used especially to form alloys (as vanadium steel) symbol V — see Chemical Elements Table

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