Definition of strontium in English:

strontium

Line breaks: stron|tium
Pronunciation: /ˈstrɒntɪəm
 
, ˈstrɒnʃ(ɪ)əm
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • The chemical element of atomic number 38, a soft silver-white metal of the alkaline earth series. Its salts are used in fireworks and flares because they give a brilliant red light. (Symbol: Sr)
    More example sentences
    • The Scottish village is Strontia and the element is the alkaline earth metal strontium.
    • Because of its chemical closeness to calcium, strontium can comfortably replace the lighter element in enamel, dentin, and bone.
    • ARS developed methods using calcium to remove strontium - 90 radioactivity from wheat and milk in 1962.

Origin

early 19th century: from strontia + -ium.

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