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[gloo-sahy-nuh m]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. (formerly) beryllium. Symbol: Gl
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Also glu·cin·i·um [gloo-sin-ee-uh m] /gluˈsɪn i əm/.

Origin of glucinum

1805–15; < New Latin < Greek glyk(ýs) sweet (from the taste of some of the salts) + -in- -in2 + Latin -um noun suffix
Related formsglu·cin·ic [gloo-sin-ik] /gluˈsɪn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glucinum


glucinium (ɡluːˈsɪnɪəm)

  1. a former name for beryllium
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin glucina beryllium oxide, from Greek glukus sweet + -in; alluding to the sweet taste of some of the salts
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