zirconium

noun zir·co·ni·um \ ˌzər-ˈkō-nē-əm \

Definition of zirconium

:a steel-gray hard ductile metallic element with a high melting point that occurs widely in combined form (as in zircon), is highly resistant to corrosion, and is used especially in alloys and in refractories and ceramics — see Chemical Elements Table

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Origin and Etymology of zirconium

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary zircon


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zirconium

noun zir·co·ni·um \ (ˌ)zər-ˈkō-nē-əm \

medical Definition of zirconium

:a steel-gray strong ductile chiefly tetravalent metallic element with a high melting point symbol Zr — see Chemical Elements Table


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