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magnesium

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noun mag·ne·sium \mag-ˈnē-zē-əm, -zhəm\

Simple Definition of magnesium

  • : a silver-white metallic element that produces a very bright white light when it burns

Full Definition of magnesium

  1. :  a silver-white malleable ductile light metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature and is used in metallurgical and chemical processes, in photography, signaling, and pyrotechnics because of the intense white light it produces on burning, and in construction especially in the form of light alloys — see element table

Origin of magnesium

New Latin, from magnesia


First Known Use: 1812

Rhymes with magnesium


MAGNESIUM Defined for Kids

magnesium

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noun mag·ne·sium \mag-ˈnē-zē-əm, -ˈnē-zhəm\

Definition of magnesium

  1. :  a silvery white metallic chemical element that is lighter than aluminum and is used in lightweight alloys




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magnesium

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noun mag·ne·sium \mag-ˈnē-zē-əm, -zhəm\

Medical Definition of magnesium

  1. :  a silver-white light malleable ductile metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature (as in bones and seeds and in the form of chlorophyll in the green parts of plants) and is used in metallurgical and chemical processes, in photography, in signaling, and in the manufacture of pyrotechnics because of the intense white light it produces on burning, and in construction especially in the form of light alloys—symbol Mg; see element table




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