Germanium meaning

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A brittle, crystalline, gray-white metalloid element, widely used as a semiconductor, as an alloying agent and catalyst, and in certain optical glasses. Atomic number 32; atomic weight 72.64; melting point 938.3°C; boiling point 2,833°C; specific gravity 5.323 (at 25°C); valence 2, 4.
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A grayish-white, nonmetallic chemical element of the carbon family used in semiconductors, transistors, infrared equipment, etc.: symbol, Ge; at. no. 32
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A brittle, crystalline, grayish-white metalloid element that is found in coal, in zinc ores, and in several minerals. It is used as a semiconductor and in wide-angle lenses. Atomic number 32; atomic weight 72.59; melting point 937.4°C; boiling point 2,830°C; specific gravity 5.323 (at 25°C); valence 2, 4.
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(Ge) The material used in making the first transistors. Although replaced by silicon years ago, it has made a comeback by being used in combination with silicon. See silicon germanium.
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A grayish-white semi-metallic element (No. 32 in the Periodic Table of Elements) used extensively in semiconductors transistors, diodes, and rectifiers. Fiber optic diodes commonly are made of germanium due to its efficient response to infrared light. Germanium commonly is used as a dopant in the manufacture of silica-based optical fibers.
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A nonmetallic chemical element (symbol Ge) with an atomic number of 32.
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Origin of germanium

  • After Germania

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

  • Latin Germania (“Germany”) +‎ -ium

    From Wiktionary