a silver-colored chemical element, one of the rare-earth elements, used in the coloring of glass and in lasers: symbol, Nd; at. no. 60
Origin of neodymiumModern Latin from neodymia, a rare earth ( from Classical Greek neos, new + Modern Latin (di)dymium: see didymium) + -ium: so named (1885) by C. A. von Welsbach (see Welsbach burner), from being split from didymium
A bright, silvery, reactive element of the lanthanide series, found in the minerals monazite and bastnaesite and used for coloring glass, for doping laser glass and crystals, and in materials with strong, permanent magnetic properties that make them useful for computer and audio equipment. Atomic number 60; atomic weight 144.24; melting point 1,016°C; boiling point 3,074°C; specific gravity 7.008; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
Origin of neodymiumGerman Neodym neo- neo- -dym didymium
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Nd) with an atomic number of 60.
From neo- +"Ž (di)dymium.