Osmium Definition

A very hard, bluish-white, amorphous, metallic chemical element, one of the platinum metals: it occurs in the form of an alloy with platinum and iridium and is used in pen points, electric light filaments, etc., and as a catalyst: symbol, Os; at. no. 76
Webster's New World
  • atomic number 76
  • os

Origin of Osmium

  • From Ancient Greek ὀσμή (osmÄ“, “smell") (because of the strong smell of its oxide) + -ium

    From Wiktionary

  • From Greek osmē smell (from the strong odor of osmium tetroxide)

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

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