magnesium

noun
mag·​ne·​sium | \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm How to pronounce magnesium (audio) , -zhəm\

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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All models get a flagship-worthy magnesium-alloy chassis that’s both thin and strong. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell brings fancy features to the Inspiron 15 7000 and Inspiron 13 5000," 28 May 2019 This step, called reverse osmosis, removes ions smaller than magnesium and sulphate, particularly the sodium and chloride ions that make up common salt and that give seawater its characteristic taste. The Economist, "A membrane that can remove salts from water more efficiently," 3 May 2018 For instance, muds that contain sulfur have antibacterial and antifungal properties, zinc has wound healing and anti-acne effects, magnesium helps the body repair damaged DNA and is important in reducing inflammation. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "I Bathed in Colombia’s “Volcano of Youth” and My Skin Has Never Felt Softer," 23 Oct. 2018 Fertilize Your Garden Coffee grounds are a source of potassium, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, and other trace minerals plants love. Heidi Davis, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Coffee," 29 Sep. 2014 As Kattan explains in her Instagram Stories, the lightweight, oil-free primer contains 60 percent water, is mineral-based, and is formulated with magnesium and potassium to help absorb oil. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The New Huda Beauty Matte Perfection Primer Is Made Especially for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin," 19 July 2018 Help lower blood pressure: The potassium, calcium, and magnesium in kale and other veggies help counterbalance the effects of sodium that can lead to hypertension. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018 Acer says both magnesium alloys are up to four times stronger than standard aluminum alloys at the same thickness. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's new Swift 7 ultra-thin PC is even smaller, but adds Thunderbolt, Amber Lake and a clickpad," 6 Jan. 2019 Spinach is higher in magnesium, iron, and folate, which are important for muscle and tissue health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of magnesium

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magnesium

New Latin, from magnesia

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magnesium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of magnesium

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

magnesium

noun
mag·​ne·​sium | \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm How to pronounce magnesium (audio) , -ˈnē-zhəm\

Kids Definition of magnesium

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

magnesium

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mag·​ne·​sium | \ mag-ˈnē-zē-əm How to pronounce magnesium (audio) , -zhəm How to pronounce magnesium (audio) \

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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