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noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of germanium

  1. :  a grayish-white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used especially in optical and semiconductor materials and as a catalyst — see element table

Origin and Etymology of germanium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin Germania Germany


First Known Use: 1886


GERMANIUM Defined for Kids

germanium

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noun ger·ma·ni·um \jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Definition of germanium for Students

  1. :  a white hard brittle element used as a semiconductor


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germanium

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noun ger·ma·ni·um \(ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm\

Medical Definition of germanium

  1. :  a grayish white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used as a semiconductor—symbol Ge; see element table


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