Definition of germanium
: 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
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Current silicon-germanium FinFETs will probably get us to 7nm, and the use of exotic III-V semiconductors might take the finFET a step further to 5nm.
This conferred a particular advantage: A high-powered laser, tuned to the right frequency, can selectively melt the germanium.
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Origin and Etymology of germanium
New Latin, from Medieval Latin Germania Germany
First Known Use: 1886See Words from the same year
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Definition of germanium for Students
: a white hard brittle element used as a semiconductor
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