ar·​se·​nide ˈär-sə-ˌnīd How to pronounce arsenide (audio)
: a binary compound of arsenic with a more electropositive element

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Physicist Tony Kent and his colleagues at the University of Nottingham in England managed to create such an amplifier from a thin, layered lattice made of two semiconductors, gallium arsenide and aluminum arsenide. Laurie Rich, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2010 But there’s still a long way to go until cubic boron arsenide can be used outside of the lab. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2022 According to the July study, cubic boron arsenide conducts heat ten times better than silicon. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 16 Aug. 2022 The materials the company is using are relatively unusual: aluminum as the superconducting wire and indium arsenide as the semiconductor that surrounds it. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 Ordinary laser pointers have a chip containing aluminum gallium arsenide phosphide, and emit a red beam at a wavelength of 670 nanometers. Josh Mchugh, WIRED, 1 Aug. 2001

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Word History


borrowed from German Arsenid, from Arsen arsenic entry 1 + -id -ide

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arsenide was in 1799

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“Arsenide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ar·​se·​nide ˈärs-ᵊn-ˌīd How to pronounce arsenide (audio)
: a binary compound of arsenic with a more positive element

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