Definition of ytterbium in English:

ytterbium

noun

  • The chemical element of atomic number 70, a silvery-white metal of the lanthanide series.

    • ‘Other researchers are looking into using different atoms, such as calcium, strontium, and ytterbium.’
    • ‘I have elements in there that I've never even contemplated using before - stuff like indium, tantalum, ytterbium, and praseodymium.’
    • ‘It is extracted from its ores by heating lanthanum metal with ytterbium oxide.’

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Ytterby, the name of a Swedish town where it was first found in a quarry.

Pronunciation:

ytterbium

/iˈtərbēəm/