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Germanium

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Germanium

(Science: chemistry, element) a rare element, recently discovered (1885), in a silver ore (argyrodite) at Freiberg. It is a brittle, silver-white metal, chemically intermediate between the metals and nonmetals, resembles tin, and is in general identical with the predicted ekasilicon.

atomic weight: 72.3

Abbreviation: ge

Origin: NL, fr. L. Germania Germany.