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rubidium

Syllabification: ru·bid·i·um
Pronunciation: /ro͞oˈbidēəm
 
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Definition of rubidium in English:

noun

The chemical element of atomic number 37, a rare soft silvery reactive metal of the alkali metal group. (Symbol: Rb)
Example sentences
  • Those that produce a measurable spectrum when subjected to flame include, but are not limited to, lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, zinc, and cadmium.
  • These elements - lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium and francium - all react with water to give solutions that change the color of a vegetable dye from red to blue.
  • Elements such as rubidium, zirconium, and aluminum are mostly incorporated into human biochemistry as a consequence of their association with essential elements present in the human diet.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin rubidus 'red' (with reference to its spectral lines).

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