Origin of ytterbiumModL, contr. from neoytterbium, so named (1907) by its discoverer, G. Urbain (see lutetium) from ytterbia, ytterbium oxide, name coined (1878) by J.-C. G. de Marignac, Swiss chemist who isolated it, after Ytterby: see erbium
Origin of ytterbiumAfter Ytterby , a town in Sweden
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ytterbium - Computer Definition
A rare divalent or trivalent, silvery, soft, malleable, and ductile metallic rare-earth element.Ytterbium has little practical application. Number 70 in the Periodic Table of Elements, ytterbium is named for the village of Ytterby, Sweden, where it was discovered. So were erbium, yttrium, and terbium. See also erbium and television.