bro·​mine ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio)
: a nonmetallic chemical element of the halogen group that is used especially in the production of flame retardants and formerly in gasoline additives and medicines (such as bromides) see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of bromine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Related Story Scientists Create Sci-Fi Metamaterial Using 4D The material used was a semiconductor layered with chromium, sulfur, and bromine, and is in a class known as magnetic van der Waals materials (named after Dutch theoretical physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 Both bromine and chlorine are halogen elements that are chemically related, but exist in different states of matter at room temperature—chlorine is a gas, while bromine is a liquid. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2021 Albemarle, a chemicals manufacturer based in Charlotte, N.C., extracts bromine from the Smackover brine at a facility near Magnolia. Aaron Gettinger, Arkansas Online, 21 July 2023 Pool Type The most common types of pools and spas are chlorine, bromine, or saltwater. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2023 The solid white tablets slowly dissolve to produce free-available bromine, which is also a strong oxidizer. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2023 The tub has a water filtration system (though many customers also add chlorine or bromine to the water), and it’s made with Freeze Shield technology to prevent damage to the pump and hot tub in cold temperatures. Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 May 2023 The report found ozone-damaging chlorine declined 11.5% in the stratosphere between its peak in 1993 and 2020, while bromine declined 14.5% in the stratosphere between its peak in 1999 and 2020. Eric Niiler, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2023 This ends the isolation of air created by the polar vortex that forms during Antarctic winter, enabling chemicals such as chlorine and bromine to deplete the ozone layer, according to Copernicus and NASA. Jeevan Ravindran, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History


French brome bromine + English -ine entry 2

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bromine was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Bromine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


bro·​mine ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio)
: an element that is a deep red liquid that has two atoms per molecule, gives off an irritating reddish brown vapor of disagreeable odor, and tends to eat into other matter see element

Medical Definition


bro·​mine ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio)
: a nonmetallic halogen element that is isolated as a deep red corrosive toxic fuming liquid of disagreeable odor
symbol Br
see Chemical Elements Table

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