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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: met'al

Definition: One of the electropositive elements, either amphoteric or basic, usually characterized by properties such as luster, malleability, ductility, the ability to conduct electricity, and the tendency to lose rather than gain electrons in chemical reactions.

[L. metallum, a mine, a mineral, fr. G. metallon, a mine, pit]

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