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

Examples of manganese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hardware: Meet the twins: two flexible manganese copper alloy plates, each no thicker than a single human hair. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Exclusive: Dyson Launches the Corrale, Its First Straightener," 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, "How to Hunt Morel Mushrooms Like Your Life Depends on It," 8 Apr. 2020 Chicory contains manganese and vitamin B6, which are essential nutrients for your noggin. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Chicory Root Coffee Good for You? Here's What to Know About Its Health Benefits," 3 Feb. 2020 The veg also provides smaller amounts of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Health Benefits of Celery," 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, "Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope," 27 Feb. 2020 The same goes for manganese, a specialty metal used by steelmakers as well as producers of fertilizer. ... Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Spurs Demand for Niche Raw Materials," 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, "General Motors announces new battery platform, claims $100/kWh soon," 4 Mar. 2020 These tests cover iron and manganese, as well as nitrate, lead, arsenic, fluoride, sulfate, pH, total dissolved solids, hardness, sodium, copper, total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Black grit on the faucet is not necessarily a problem," 24 Feb. 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 15 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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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