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Johnston, James D. Ethyl Corporation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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A chemical element, Pb, atomic number 82 and atomic weight 207.19. Lead is a heavy metal (specific gravity 11.34 at 16°C or 61°F), of bluish color, which tarnishes to dull gray. It is pliable, inelastic, easily fusible, melts at 327.4°C (621.3°F), and boils at 1740°C (3164°F). The normal chemical valences are 2 and 4. It is relatively resistant to attack by sulfuric and hydrochloric acids but dissolves slowly in nitric acid. Lead is amphoteric, forming lead salts of acids as well as metal salts of plumbic acid. Lead forms many salts, oxides, and organometallic compounds. See also: Periodic table
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