transition element

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Noun[change]

Singular
transition element

Plural
transition elements

  1. (chemistry) A transition element is a metallic element in the periodic table that has an incomplete d-orbital shell. The elements in the group have similar properties and are found in the middle of the periodic table.
    Some examples of transition elements are zinc and iron and they have variable oxidation states.