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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Examples of magnesium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a rich nutty flavor and buttery texture, avocados provide fiber and 20 different vitamins and minerals, including potassium, copper, magnesium and vitamins B, C, E and K. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 The sensitive version of Schmidt’s stick deodorant contains magnesium and essential oils to fight odor. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Mar. 2022 For healthy growth, our roses also require smaller amounts of three secondary ingredients — calcium, magnesium and sulfur — and the micronutrients boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel and zinc. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 The full magnesium body fire starter is pocket-sized, comprehensive to use and includes instructions for how to start a quick fire. Dan Q. Dao, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The bike has a slim, magnesium alloy frame with a mechanism for folding its frame in half that’s considerably more streamlined than you’d often find on a folding bike. Mark Knapp, PCMAG, 14 Apr. 2022 Russia and North Korea are major producers of magnesium. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Legumes contain high levels of magnesium, which plays a role in protein synthesis, circulation, and the absorption and metabolism of calcium and vitamin D. Outside Online, 17 Feb. 2021 Using dates instead of sugar in this recipe means extra fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, B vitamins, copper and magnesium. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of magnesium was in 1812

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“Magnesium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnesium. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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

noun
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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