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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

transi′tion el`ement(n.)

  1. any element in the four series of chemical elements with atomic numbers 21–29, 39–47, 57–79, and 89–107, that in a given inner orbital has less than a full quota of electrons. Also called transi′tion met`al.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of transition element:

1920–25

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  1. transition element(Noun)

    any of the group or metallic elements that have an incomplete inner (d) electron shell; they have multiple valencies and form coloured compounds and stable complex ions; the elements scandium to copper and those lying below them in the periodic table

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