• WordNet 3.6
    • n rhodium a white hard metallic element that is one of the platinum group and is found in platinum ores; used in alloys with platinum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rhodium (Chem) A rare element of the light platinum group. It is found in platinum ores, and obtained free as a white inert metal which it is very difficult to fuse. Symbol Rh. Atomic weight 104.1. Specific gravity 12.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhodium Chemical symbol, Rh; atomic weight, 103 (Jörgensen). A metal discovered in the beginning of the nineteenth century by Wollaston, associated with palladium in the ore of platinum. Rhodium fuses in the flame of the oxyhydrogen blowpipe, but with greater difficulty than platinum. When fused it is grayish-white, resembling aluminium in luster and color, and has a specific gravity of 12.1. When pure it is almost insoluble in acids, but if in the state of an alloy it is dissolved by aqua regia. Of all the metals of the platinum group rhodium is the one most easily attacked by chlorin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rhodium rō′di-um a white, very hard metal, resembling aluminium, extracted from the ore of platinum, and so called from the rose-colour of its salts.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. "ro`don the rose. So called from the rose-red color of certain of its solutions. See Rhododendron
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. rhodon, a rose.


In literature:

Dr. Brown of Edinburgh thought he had converted iron into rhodium, and carbon or paracyanogen into silicon.
"Familiar Letters of Chemistry" by Justus Liebig
Drop twelve drops of genuine oil of rhodium on a lump of loaf-sugar.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Dr. Wollaston made gold pens tipped with, rhodium.
"The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens" by Henry Bore
When in this state add three drops of the oil of rhodium and keep it for use.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Put the oil of rhodium on the bait, when fishing with a hook, and you will always succeed.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Sometimes using the oil of rhodium, organnnum, etc.
"The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses" by P. R. Kincaid
The metals platinum, iridium, rhodium, osmium and palladium do not fuse.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
"Occult Chemistry" by Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
If this fails, try bread and butter dressed with oil of rhodium and phosphorus.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Otto of rhodium, or otto of rose, 3 drachms.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse

In news:

Platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, gold, silver and osmium).
Incident Response Technologies (IRT), a company that specializes in producing affordable software solutions for public safety agencies, has announced that its newest product, the Rhodium ™ Incident Management Suite ( Rhodium Suite.
Incident Response Technologies Announces Rhodium Incident Management Suite.
A total of 15 convertors, prized for their platinum and rhodium content, were stolen July 2 from vehicles parked at Avalon Honda.
The converters contain platinum, rhodium and palladium, which thieves sell as scrap medal, officials said.
Until this work, attempts to create metal -oxo species with elements such as gold, platinum, silver, iridium and rhodium have been unsuccessful.
The price of rhodium, a little-known but environmentally important precious metal, soared by $1,000, to a record $7,000 an ounce today, and some analysts expect the metal to climb higher before speculative pressures subside.
Rhodium finish matching earrings and necklace set .
Response Technologies is happy to announce that the Rhodium Incident Management Suite completed its beta testing phase in late April, 2011.
Rhodium Incident Mgt Suite Completes Testing Successfully .
Rhodium Incident Management Suite Completes Testing Successfully .

In science:

To improve the thermal behaviour under sunlight, the surface is coated with 200 nm of rhodium.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Soon after the discovery of superconductivity in itinerant ferromagnet UGe2 , two new itinerant ferromagnetic superconductors were discovered—zirconium zinc ZrZn2 and uranium rhodium germanium URhGe.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
We hope that this activity will demonstrate the availability of pure rhodium, silver and lead crystals and consequently raise their Technology Readiness Level.
Developing a second generation Laue lens prototype: high reflectivity crystals and accurate assembly
Pierre Bastie for their precious help during the characterization of the silver, rhodium and lead ingots at ILL on the DIGRA beamline.
Developing a second generation Laue lens prototype: high reflectivity crystals and accurate assembly
Energy-resolved spectrum of rhodium isomeric emissions collected in 4096 channels for 415 keV within three hours.
Rhodium Mossbauer Supperadiance Induced by Liquid-Nitrogen Cooling