metalloid

noun
met·al·loid | \ˈme-tᵊl-ˌȯid \

Definition of metalloid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an element intermediate in properties between the typical metals and nonmetals

2 : a nonmetal that can combine with a metal to form an alloy

metalloid

adjective
\ˌme-tᵊl-ˈȯi-dᵊl \
variants: or less commonly metalloidal

Definition of metalloid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling a metal

2 : of, relating to, or being a metalloid

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Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017 Today those metals are referred to as metalloids, although what is defined this way has changed a bit. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Creating a Full Palette of Blues," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of metalloid

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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metalloid

noun
met·al·loid | \ˈmet-ᵊl-ˌȯid \

Medical Definition of metalloid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an element (as boron, silicon, or arsenic) intermediate in properties between the typical metals and nonmetals

metalloid

adjective
variants: also metalloidal \ˌmet-ᵊl-ˈȯid-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of metalloid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : resembling a metal

2 : of, relating to, or being a metalloid

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