man·​ga·​nese | \ ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz How to pronounce manganese (audio) , -ˌnēs \

Definition of manganese

: a grayish-white usually hard and brittle metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic and is used especially in alloys, batteries, and plant fertilizers — see Chemical Elements Table

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Other Words from manganese

manganesian \ ˌmaŋ-​gə-​ˈnē-​zhən How to pronounce manganese (audio) , -​shən \ adjective

Examples of manganese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other parts of the caves revealed layers of red iron, white calcite and gray manganese. Patrick Connolly,, 20 June 2021 The Hardware: Meet the twins: two flexible manganese copper alloy plates, each no thicker than a single human hair. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 10 Mar. 2020 Their nutritional value will vary as the minerals in the soil vary, but these mushrooms typically provide a generous amount of iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. Outdoor Life, 8 Apr. 2020 Chicory contains manganese and vitamin B6, which are essential nutrients for your noggin. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, 3 Feb. 2020 The veg also provides smaller amounts of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 12 Dec. 2019 Riches now in reach The Amazon possesses a wealth of minerals including gold, diamonds, iron ore, manganese, copper, zinc and tin. Aline A. Carrara, The Conversation, 27 Feb. 2020 The same goes for manganese, a specialty metal used by steelmakers as well as producers of fertilizer. ... Joe Wallace, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2020 The cells, developed with LG Chem, use an NMCA chemistry, which uses a combination of nickel, manganese, cobalt, and aluminum for the cathode. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of manganese

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manganese

French manganèse, from Italian manganese manganese dioxide

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The first known use of manganese was in 1783

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“Manganese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manganese

: a grayish-white usually hard metal that breaks easily


man·​ga·​nese | \ ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz How to pronounce manganese (audio) \

Kids Definition of manganese

: a grayish white brittle metallic chemical element that resembles iron


man·​ga·​nese | \ ˈmaŋ-gə-ˌnēz, -ˌnēs How to pronounce manganese (audio) \

Medical Definition of manganese

: a grayish white usually hard and brittle metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic symbol Mn — see Chemical Elements Table

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