One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The chemical element of atomic number 67, a soft silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series.
- ‘Holmium is extracted from its ores by heating calcium metal with holmium fluoride.’
- ‘During the procedure, a holmium laser is used to open channels in the wall of the heart to restore blood flow and oxygen.’
- ‘Typically pulsed dye lasers or the holmium laser are used with very short pulses of high peak power to shatter the stones.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Holmia, Latinized form of Stockholm (because many minerals of the yttrium group, to which holmium belongs, are found in that area); discovered by P.T. Cleve (1840–1905), Swedish chemist.
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