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 pool in the spa uses bromine instead of chlorine. Emily Nunn, Outside Online, 3 June 2019 The hole in the Southern Hemisphere is typically caused by chemicals, such as chlorine and bromine migrating into the stratosphere, creating catalytic reactions during Antarctic winter. Jeevan Ravindran, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Rinsing off in the shower for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt or anything else on your body that uses up chlorine or bromine needed to kill or inactivate germs. Rachel Trent, CNN, 3 July 2021 Scent-free bromine is used to keep the water clean. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 This tests for seven parameters: total hardness, total chlorine, bromine, free chlorine, pH, cyanuric acid, and total alkalinity. Chris Hachey, BGR, 25 May 2021 Albemarle Corporation is a chemical company that sells lithium - a key material used in electric vehicle batteries, bromine specialties, and catalysts. Trefis Team, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 An unusual feature of the toxic molecule is the presence of bromine, which is scarce in lakes and rarely found in cyanobacteria. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 So the team tried adding bromine to its growing cyanobacteria. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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26 Apr 2022

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“Bromine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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