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tantalum

Pronunciation: tan'ta-lum

Definition: A heavy metal of the vanadium group, atomic no. 73, atomic wt. 180.9479; used in surgical prostheses because of its noncorrosive properties.

[G. mythical king of Lydia, Tantalus]

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