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bismuth

Line breaks: bis|muth
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪzməθ
 
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Definition of bismuth in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The chemical element of atomic number 83, a brittle reddish-tinged grey metal. (Symbol: Bi)
Example sentences
  • Along the way, these disintegration series produce radioactive isotopes of protactinium, thorium, actinium, radium, francium, radon, astatine, polonium, bismuth, lead, thallium and mercury.
  • This area proper is a prominent Chinese mining district known as the Xianghualing polymetallic ore field, and it consists of numerous deposits of tin, tungsten, molybdenum, bismuth, copper, lead, and zinc.
  • These include lead, aluminium, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, gold, bismuth, antimony, and beryllium.
1.1A compound of bismuth used medicinally.
Example sentences
  • Helidac is another medicine that combines bismuth and two antibiotics.
  • Gastritis, duodenal and gastric ulcers may be infectious diseases treatable by antibiotics and by the 100-year-old medicine bismuth.
  • Another medicine that coats the stomach is called bismuth.

Origin

mid 17th century: from modern Latin bisemutum, Latinization of German Wismut, of unknown origin.

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