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Chemistry of Dysprosium

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  • The Greek word dysprositos (hard to get at) gives some indication of the scarcity of dysprosium, but only to a degree. It is about twice as abundant as uranium. The soft, silvery metal was discovered by de Boisbaudran in 1886 and it was finally isolated in 1906 by Urbain. A pure sample was not produced until the 1950s.

    The pure metal oxidizes readily in air.

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    Stephen R. Marsden

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