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Vanadium is chemical element 23 on the periodic table. Its symbol is V.

Vanadium is a metal and is part of the group known as the transition metals. It is mostly used in steel where it helps strengthen the steel metal.

The human body may require a little bit of vanadium, even though scientists are not really sure. There is a little bit of vanadium in vitamins just to make sure that we do not get sick (in case our body does need vanadium).

Vanadium can react with a variety of other elements, and the chemical compounds it forms often have beautiful colors.