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any chemical element marked by luster, malleability, ductility, and conductivity of electricity and heat, and which will ionize positively in solution. adj., adj metal´lic.
alkali metal one of a group of monovalent elements including lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium.
metal fume fever an occupational disorder with malaria-like symptoms occurring in those engaged in welding and other metallic operations and due to the volatilized metals. It includes brassfounder's fever (brass chill, brazier's chill) and spelter's fever (zinc chill, zinc fume fever).
heavy metal one with a high specific gravity, usually defined to be above 5.0.
heavy metal poisoning poisoning with any of the heavy metals, particularly antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, thallium, or zinc.
noble metal a metal that is highly resistant to oxidation and corrosion.
a metal that cannot be oxidized by heat alone, nor readily dissolved by acid, for example, gold, platinum.
Synonym(s): noble element
A metal that resists corrosion or oxidation. Examples are gold, platinum, and silver.
See also: metal
no·ble met·al(nōbĕl metăl)
Any metallic element used in dental restorations and appliances that resists tarnish, corrosion, and oxidation during heating or in intraoral environments (e.g., gold, platinum).