Definition of bismuth in English:


Line breaks: bis|muth
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪzməθ


[mass noun]
  • 1The chemical element of atomic number 83, a brittle reddish-tinged grey metal. (Symbol: Bi)
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    • Along the way, these disintegration series produce radioactive isotopes of protactinium, thorium, actinium, radium, francium, radon, astatine, polonium, bismuth, lead, thallium and mercury.
    • This area proper is a prominent Chinese mining district known as the Xianghualing polymetallic ore field, and it consists of numerous deposits of tin, tungsten, molybdenum, bismuth, copper, lead, and zinc.
    • These include lead, aluminium, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, gold, bismuth, antimony, and beryllium.
  • 1.1A compound of bismuth used medicinally.
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    • Helidac is another medicine that combines bismuth and two antibiotics.
    • Gastritis, duodenal and gastric ulcers may be infectious diseases treatable by antibiotics and by the 100-year-old medicine bismuth.
    • Another medicine that coats the stomach is called bismuth.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin bisemutum, Latinization of German Wismut, of unknown origin.

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