Strontium, Physical and Chemical Properties
A heavy member of the alkaline-earth elements (atomic number 38), strontium is a soft, silvery, highly reactive metal. Its compounds have various uses, particularly in pyrotechnics, as phosphors, and in sugar refining. Strontium salts are generally nontoxic, and the human body treats strontium much as it does calcium; strontium supplementation can be used to increase bone density and growth.
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