ytterbium

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noun yt·ter·bi·um \i-ˈtər-bē-əm\

Definition of ytterbium

  1. :  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 element table

Origin and Etymology of ytterbium

New Latin, from Ytterby, town in southern Sweden


First Known Use: 1879


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ytterbium

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noun yt·ter·bi·um \i-ˈtər-bē-əm\

Medical Definition of ytterbium

  1. :  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 element table


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