bro·​mine | \ ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio) \

Definition of bromine

: 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 The consensus among infectious-disease experts is that pool water is not inherently risky, especially when the water is treated properly with chlorine or bromine and maintenance is kept up. Bonnie Tsui, Star Tribune, "Yes, you can safely share your backyard pool," 1 Aug. 2020 The solid white tablets slowly dissolve to produce free-available bromine, which is also a strong oxidizer. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Things To Know Before Installing an Inground Pool," 14 June 2020 Transmission of the coronavirus in water is not a concern when adequate levels of chlorine or bromine are maintained in pools, according to state and federal guidelines. Nick Rahaim,, "Is it safe to stay in hotels during coronavirus?," 11 June 2020 There’s no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through the water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; chlorine, bromine and other chemicals that are used to clean pools should render the virus inactive. Dallas News, "Is it safe to go to the pool or beach during the coronavirus outbreak?," 10 June 2020 The disinfecting chemicals, such as chlorine or bromine, typically added to the water should effectively kill the virus. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Is It Safe to Swim During COVID-19? Here's What to Know About the Risks," 1 June 2020 Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Great Wolf Lodge Georgia set to reopen in June," 30 May 2020 There’s no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through pool water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, especially if pool owners properly disinfect their pools with chlorine or bromine. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Handful of North Texas water parks open with a splash under new coronavirus rules," 29 May 2020 But a group based on a metal, such as tin, and a halogen, such as chlorine, bromine or iodine, do have that property. The Economist, "Solar’s new power New solar cells extract more energy from sunshine," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of bromine

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bromine

French brome bromine + English -ine entry 2

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The first known use of bromine was in 1827

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“Bromine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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bro·​mine | \ ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio) \

Kids Definition of bromine

: a chemical element that is a deep red liquid giving off an irritating smelly vapor


bro·​mine | \ ˈbrō-ˌmēn How to pronounce bromine (audio) \

Medical Definition of bromine

: 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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