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Pronunciation: ru-bid'e-um

Definition: An alkali element, atomic no. 37, atomic wt. 85.4678; its salts have been used in medicine for the same purposes as the corresponding sodium or potassium salts.

[L. rubidus, reddish, dark red, fr. rubeo, to be red]

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