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Definition of "osmium" []

  • A bluish-white, hard metallic element, found in small amounts in osmiridium, nickel, and platinum ores. It is used as a platinum hardener and in making pen points, phonograph needles, and instrument pivots. Atomic number 76; atomic weight 190.2; melting point 3,000°C; boiling point 5,000°C; specific gravity 22.57; valence 2, 3, 4, 8. See Table at element. (noun)

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Use "osmium" in a sentence
  • "I will go and personally sign out the osmium from the strategic metal and you can use it for your theses experiments."
  • "INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Counterterrorism police have foiled an apparent plot to launch a chemical attack in Britain that according to U.S. and U.K. security sources who say the suspects had plans to lace a bomb with a chemical called osmium tetroxide."
  • "The process removes sulfur present in the ore as sulfur dioxide and, at the same time, releases osmium, which is abundant in the ore."