Definition of holmium in English:

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holmium

Pronunciation: /ˈhōlmēəm/

noun

The chemical element of atomic number 67, a soft silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series. (Symbol: Ho)
Example sentences
  • Holmium is extracted from its ores by heating calcium metal with holmium fluoride.
  • This equipment will include ultrasound machines, endoscopes and a holmium laser, which can be used to treat some cancers on a non-invasive outpatient basis.
  • Typically pulsed dye lasers or the holmium laser are used with very short pulses of high peak power to shatter the stones.

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Holmia, Latinized form of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden (because many minerals of the yttrium group, to which holmium belongs, are found in that area); discovered by P.T. Cleve, Swedish chemist.

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Syllabification: hol·mi·um

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