sil·​i·​cide ˈsi-lə-ˌsīd How to pronounce silicide (audio)
: a binary compound of silicon with a more electropositive element or group

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Iran would irradiate uranium silicide pellets in the reactor to produce medical isotopes, primarily molybdenum-99. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021 With a thermal conductivity higher than traditional fuel made from uranium oxide, uranium silicide is deemed more efficient and safer. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 15 July 2021

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary silicon + -ide

First Known Use

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silicide was circa 1868

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“Silicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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