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Scandium

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scandium

(Science: chemistry) A rare metallic element of the boron group, whose existence was predicated under the provisional name ekaboron by means of the periodic law, and subsequently discovered by spectrum analysis in certain rare Scandinavian minerals (euxenite and gadolinite). It has not yet been isolated. Symbol sc. Atomic weight 44

Origin: NL. So called because found in Scandinavian minerals.