rare earth element

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rare earth element

One of a series of metallic elements that follow lanthanum (at. no. 57) in the periodic table of elements and that have oxides with similar properties. The series comprises the 14-element lanthanide series (at. nos. 58-71 and includes praseodymium, promethium, and ytterbium.
See also: element
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