Meaning of scandium in English:


(also Sc)

Pronunciation /ˈskandɪəm/


mass noun
  • The chemical element of atomic number 21, a soft silvery-white metal generally included among the rare earth elements.

    ‘Examples of transition metals include vanadium, chromium, iron, cobalt, manganese, nickel, scandium, yttrium, zirconium, silver, and gold.’
    • ‘In terms of materials, shooters can choose from carbon steel, stainless, aluminum, titanium and now scandium.’
    • ‘Gun construction has evolved from wood and steel to high-tech polymers and lightweight alloys like titanium and scandium.’
    • ‘In recent years they have been made even more comfortable to carry, though not necessarily to shoot, through the use of titanium and scandium.’
    • ‘Research with scandium began almost as soon as the titanium guns reached the market.’


Late 19th century modern Latin, from Scandia, contraction of Scandinavia (where minerals are found containing this element).