magnesium

noun mag·ne·sium \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm , -zhəm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of magnesium

: a silver-white malleable ductile light metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature and is used in metallurgical and chemical processes, in photography, signaling, and pyrotechnics because of the intense white light it produces on burning, and in construction especially in the form of light alloys — see Chemical Elements Table

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Origin and Etymology of magnesium

New Latin, from magnesia


MAGNESIUM Defined for English Language Learners

magnesium

noun

Definition of magnesium for English Language Learners

  • : a silver-white metallic element that produces a very bright white light when it burns


MAGNESIUM Defined for Kids

magnesium

noun mag·ne·sium \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm , -ˈnē-zhəm \

Definition of magnesium for Students

: a silvery white metallic chemical element that is lighter than aluminum and is used in lightweight alloys

Medical Dictionary

magnesium

noun mag·ne·sium \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm , -zhəm \

medical Definition of magnesium

: a silver-white light malleable ductile metallic element that occurs abundantly in nature (as in bones and seeds and in the form of chlorophyll in the green parts of plants) and is used in metallurgical and chemical processes, in photography, in signaling, and in the manufacture of pyrotechnics because of the intense white light it produces on burning, and in construction especially in the form of light alloys symbol Mg — see Chemical Elements Table


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