nonmetal

noun non·met·al \ ˌnän-ˈme-tᵊl \

Definition of nonmetal

: a chemical element (such as boron, carbon, or nitrogen) that lacks the characteristics of a metal

First Known Use of nonmetal

circa 1864

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nonmetal

noun non·met·al \ (ˈ)nän-ˈmet-ᵊl \

medical Definition of nonmetal

: a chemical element (as boron, carbon, or nitrogen) that lacks the characteristics of a metal and that is able to form anions, acidic oxides, acids, and stable compounds with hydrogen

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