Definition of tellurium in English:

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tellurium

Pronunciation: /tɛˈljʊərɪəm/

noun

[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 52, a brittle, shiny, silvery-white semimetal resembling selenium and occurring mainly in small amounts in metallic sulphide ores. (Symbol: Te)
Example sentences
  • Elements such as lead, tellurium, beryllium, chromium, phosphorus, and manganese have little or no effect on the corrosion resistance of coppers and binary copper-zinc alloys.
  • At higher temperatures, the metal does combine with many acids, the halogens, sulfur, selenium, and tellurium.
  • Lead, selenium, tellurium and sulfur are added to copper alloys to improve machinability.

Derivatives

tellurous

adjective

Origin

Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin tellus, tellur- 'earth', probably named in contrast to uranium.

Words that rhyme with tellurium

curium

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Line breaks: tel¦lur|ium

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