Definition of ytterbium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈtəːbɪəm/


[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 70, a silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series. (Symbol: Yb)
Example sentences
  • I have elements in there that I've never even contemplated using before - stuff like indium, tantalum, ytterbium, and praseodymium.
  • It is extracted from its ores by heating lanthanum metal with ytterbium oxide.
  • Other researchers are looking into using different atoms, such as calcium, strontium, and ytterbium.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Ytterby, the name of a Swedish quarry where it was first found.

Words that rhyme with ytterbium

erbium, terbium

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