Origin of dysprosiumModern Latin from Classical Greek dysprositos, difficult of access from dys-, dys- + prositos, approachable from prosienai, come to from pros, toward + ienai, to go (see ion): so named (1886) by its discoverer, French chemist P.-E. Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838-1912)
Origin of dysprosiumNew Latin from Greek dusprositos difficult to approach (from its rarity in nature) dus- dys- prositos approachable ( from prosienai to approach ) ( pros- toward ) ( ienai i- to go ; see ei- in Indo-European roots.)
See Periodic Table
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Dy) with an atomic number of 66.
From Ancient Greek δυσπρόσιτος (dusprositos, “hard to get”).