Origin: Fr nitrogène: so named (1790) by J. A. Chaptal (1756-1832), Fr chemist < Gr nitron (see niter) + Fr -gène, -gen, because niter resulted when it was sparked with oxygen in the presence of caustic potash
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noun Symbol N
Origin: French nitrogène
Origin: : nitro-, nitric acid (from New Latin; see nitro-)
Origin: + -gène, -gen.
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