- Magnesium's atomic symbol is Mg and it is the eighth-most plentiful element in the Earth's crust.
- Its ions are essential in all living things and it is the second-most plentiful ion in seawater.
- It is never found naturally in its elemental form on Earth because of its reactivity. It is always found combined with other minerals.
- Over a hundred different minerals hold magnesium. Magnesium silicate is found in talc, which is used commonly in body powders and as lubricants.
- Muscle and nerve function depend upon magnesium, as does heartbeat, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
- It gives off a bright light when burned and is used in pyrotechnics such as fireworks, flares, and incendiary bombs.
- An important use of magnesium is preventing corrosion of steel and iron, such as in pipelines and the bottom of ships.
The definition of magnesium is one of the most abundant elements on the face of the Earth.
Facts About Magnesium
An example of magnesium is a mineral found in dark green vegetables, peas, almonds, whole grains, potatoes and avocados.
Origin of magnesiumModern Latin from magnesia
Origin of magnesiumFrom magnesia
- A light, flammable, silvery metal, and a chemical element (symbol Mg) with an atomic number of 12.
From New Latin magnÄ“sium, from MagnÄ“sia (“region in Thessaly") +"Ž -ium.