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Word origin of 'ytterbium'
ModL, contr. < neoytterbium,
so named (1907) by its discoverer, G. Urbain (see lutetium
) < ytterbia,
ytterbium oxide, name coined (1878) by J.-C. G. de Marignac, Swiss chemist who isolated
it, after Ytterby: