zir·​co·​ni·​um | \ ˌzər-ˈkō-nē-əm How to pronounce zirconium (audio) \

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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Some think that the ring isn't even real, and it is instead made up of cubic zirconium, a cheaper alternative to diamond. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul's Relationship," 25 June 2019 The molten mixture filled the pores, and the zirconium reacted with the tungsten carbide, replacing the tungsten. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 The casing of each earbud is made out of scratch-proof zirconium dioxide, which sounds like the same ceramic material as used in RHA’s previous high-end pair, the CL1 Ceramic. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA announces in-ear planar magnetic earphones with wireless option," 23 Aug. 2018 Once in its final form, the ceramic was placed in a bath of a molten mixture of copper and zirconium. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 Each little packet comes with a single-use wipe saturated with 19 percent aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine, the main antiperspirant ingredient in most deodorants, at one of the highest strengths available for an over-the-counter product. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Spectacular Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 3 Aug. 2018 Subsequent explosions caused by hydrogen buildup (from zirconium cladding of fuel assemblies melting and oxidizing) in Units 1, 3, and 4 then expelled radioactive contamination, most of which fell within the confines of the plant. William Steel, Ars Technica, "Remediating Fukushima—“When everything goes to hell, you go back to basics”," 11 May 2018 The metal being zirconium and the organic bit being carbon atoms. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge," 8 June 2018 MOFs, unfortunately, are very expensive, but Yaghi and his team are creating a cheaper version with aluminum instead of zirconium. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Scientists are harvesting water by building fog harps and zapping the air," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of zirconium

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zirconium

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary zircon

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zir·​co·​ni·​um | \ (ˌ)zər-ˈkō-nē-əm How to pronounce zirconium (audio) \

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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