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germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of GERMANIUM

:  a grayish-white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used especially in optical and semiconductor materials and as a catalyst — see element table

Origin of GERMANIUM

New Latin, from Medieval Latin Germania Germany
First Known Use: 1886

Rhymes with GERMANIUM

GERMANIUM Defined for Kids

germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of GERMANIUM for Kids

:  a white hard brittle element used as a semiconductor
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germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of GERMANIUM

:  a grayish white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used as a semiconductor—symbol Ge; see element table

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