ytterbium

noun yt·ter·bi·um \ i-ˈtər-bē-əm \

Definition of ytterbium

: a soft metallic element of the rare-earth group that occurs especially with other rare earth elements in minerals and that has few commercial uses — see Chemical Elements Table

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Origin and Etymology of ytterbium

New Latin, from Ytterby, town in southern Sweden


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ytterbium

noun yt·ter·bi·um \ i-ˈtər-bē-əm \

medical Definition of ytterbium

: a bivalent or trivalent metallic element of the rare-earth group that resembles yttrium and occurs with it and related elements in several minerals symbol Yb — see Chemical Elements Table

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