Chalcogen meaning

kălkə-jən
Any of the elements appearing in Group 6a of the periodic table, sharing certain chemical properties; oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium, polonium, or element 116.
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(inorganic chemistry) Any element of group 16 of the periodic table - oxygen, sulphur, selenium, tellurium and polonium.
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Origin of chalcogen

  • Greek khalkos copper –gen since many of the important ores of copper, such as chalcopyrite, contain chalcogens

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From chalco- (“ore") +"Ž -gen (“forming").

    From Wiktionary