Any of the series of 15 consecutive → chemical elements in the → periodic table from → lanthanum to lutetium (→ atomic numbers 57 to 71 inclusive). The atoms of these metals have similar configurations and similar physical and chemical properties. They are grouped apart from the rest of the elements in the → Periodic Table because they all behave in a similar way in chemical reactions. Also called → rare-earth element. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry currently recommends the name lanthanoid rather than lanthanide.
From the chemical element → lanthanum.