germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \ (ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

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 Chemical Elements Table

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Origin and Etymology of germanium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin Germania Germany


GERMANIUM Defined for Kids

germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \ jər-ˈmā-nē-əm \

Definition of germanium for Students

: a white hard brittle element used as a semiconductor

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germanium

noun ger·ma·ni·um \ (ˌ)jər-ˈmā-nē-əm \

medical Definition of germanium

: a grayish white hard brittle metalloid element that resembles silicon and is used as a semiconductor symbol Ge — see Chemical Elements Table


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