lanthanum
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek lanthanein to escape notice — more at latent Date: 1841 a white soft malleable metallic element that occurs in rare-earth minerals — see element table

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  • Lanthanum — (pronEng|ˈlænθənəm) is a chemical element with the symbol La and atomic number 57. Characteristics Lanthanum is a silvery white metallic element that belongs to group 3 of the periodic table and is a lanthanoid. Found in some rare earth minerals …   Wikipedia

  • lanthanum — Symbol: La Atomic number: 57 Atomic weight: 138.9055 (From the Greek word lanthanein, to line hidden) Silvery metallic element belonging to group 3 of the periodic table and oft considered to be one of the lanthanoids. Found in some rare earth… …   Elements of periodic system

  • lanthanum — [lan′thənəm] n. [ModL: so named (1839) by G. Mosander (see ERBIUM) < lanthana, lanthanum oxide, lit., the hidden one < Gr lanthanein, to be hidden (see LATENT): it had previously been undetected in the mineral cerite] a soft, malleable,… …   English World dictionary

  • Lanthanum — Lan tha*num (l[a^]n th[.a]*n[u^]m), n. [NL., fr. Gr. lanqa nein to lie hid, to be concealed.] (Chem.) A rare element of the rare earth group of the metals, of atomic number 57, allied to aluminum. It occurs in certain rare minerals, as cerite,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lanthanum — salts are used as a negative stain in electron microscopy, and as calcium channel blockers …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • lanthanum — metallic rare earth element, 1841, coined in Modern Latin by Swedish chemist and mineralogist Carl Gustav Mosander (1797 1858), who discovered it in 1839, from Gk. lanthanein to lie hidden, escape notice, from PIE root *ladh to be hidden (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lanthanum — /lan theuh neuhm/, n. Chem. a rare earth, trivalent, metallic element, allied to aluminum, found in certain minerals, as monazite. Symbol: La; at. wt.: 138.91; at. no.: 57; sp. gr.: 6.15 at 20°C. [ < NL (1841), equiv. to lanthan ( < Gk lanthánein …   Universalium

  • lanthanum — lantanas statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Cheminis elementas. simbolis( iai) La atitikmenys: lot. lanthanum angl. lanthanum rus. лантан …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • lanthanum — noun [lɑ˧nˈðaː˨nɔ˧m] a) A metallic chemical element (symbol La) with an atomic number of 57. b) lanthanum See Also: lanthana, lanthanate, lanthanide, lanthanite, lanthanoid, lanthanon …   Wiktionary

  • lanthanum — lantanas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. lanthanum vok. Lanthan, n rus. лантан, m pranc. lanthane, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

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