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A white crystalline, brittle metal with a pinkish tinge. Symbol, Bi. The most important ores are bismuthinite or bismuth glance (Bi2 S (sub 3) ) and bismite (Bi2 O3 ). Also obtained as a byproduct in refining lead, copper, tin, silver, and gold ores. Forms low-melting alloys that are used in fire detection and extinguishing systems; used as a catalyst for making acrylic fibers and as a carrier for fuel in atomic reactors; extensively used in cosmetics and in medicine. Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 3

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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