Definition of bromine
: a nonmetallic halogen element that is isolated as a deep red corrosive toxic volatile liquid of disagreeable odor — see element table
Recent Examples of bromine from the Web
Chemicals like chlorine and bromine are added to swimming pools to fight germs.
The pool at ProWorks is heated to a comfortable 88 degrees and sterilized with bromine salt, which also contributes to a floating sensation.
Because some medications use bromine, understanding the enzymatic reactions that create the toxic compounds could help drug researchers build pharmaceutical ones.
Only marine life generates this type of chemical – terrestrial organisms don’t use bromine as a building block, Argawal said.
Independent research on beads collected from New Orleans parades has found toxic levels of lead, bromine, arsenic, phthalate plasticizers, halogens, cadmium, chromium, mercury and chlorine on and inside the beads.
It was discovered that the biggest threat came from the release of molecules containing chlorine and bromine, in particular in some refrigerants and fire suppressants.
When water containing bromine ions from natural mineral deposits is purified with ozone (O3), bromate (BrO3) is born.
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Origin and Etymology of bromine
French brome bromine + English 2-ine
First Known Use: 1827See Words from the same year
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Definition of bromine for Students
: a chemical element that is a deep red liquid giving off an irritating smelly vapor
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