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gadolinium

Pronunciation: gad'o-lin'e-um

Definition: An element of the lanthanide group, atomic no. 64, atomic wt. 157.25. The paramagnetic properties of this element are used in contrast media for magnetic resonance imaging.

[mineral, gadolinite, from Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist, 1760–1852]

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