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magnesium

[ mag-nee-zee-uhm, -zhuhm, -shee-uhm ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a light, ductile, silver-white, metallic element that burns with a dazzling white light, used in lightweight alloys, flares, fireworks, in the manufacture of flashbulbs, optical mirrors, and precision instruments, and as a zinc substitute in batteries. : Mg; : 24.312; : 12; : 1.74 at 20°C.


magnesium

/ mæɡˈniːzɪəm /

noun

  1. a light silvery-white metallic element of the alkaline earth series that burns with an intense white flame, occurring principally in magnesite, dolomite, and carnallite: used in light structural alloys, flashbulbs, flares, and fireworks. Symbol: Mg; atomic no: 12; atomic wt: 24.3050; valency: 2; relative density: 1.738; melting pt: 650°C; boiling pt: 1090°C


magnesium

/ măg-nēzē-əm /

  1. A lightweight, moderately hard, silvery-white metallic element of the alkaline-earth group that burns with an intense white flame. It is an essential component of chlorophyll and is used in lightweight alloys, flash photography, and fireworks. Atomic number 12; atomic weight 24.305; melting point 649°C; boiling point 1,090°C; specific gravity 1.74 (at 20°C); valence 2.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of magnesium1

From New Latin, dating back to 1800–10; magnesia, -ium

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Word History and Origins

Origin of magnesium1

C19: New Latin, from magnesia

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Example Sentences

Grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms are rich in protein, and contain significantly higher sources of minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium than beef.

From Time

Enter Momentous Elite Sleep capsules, whose concoction of melatonin and magnesium I use to manage my pandemic-enhanced insomnia.

Dark patches of Europa could reveal sodium-rich regions, while brighter areas may be rich in magnesium.

I know it’s permitted, but they’ve done this with L-carnitine, magnesium, and iron, plus a few others probably.

From Fortune

You are already getting the key electrolytes, like potassium, sodium, and magnesium, through your diet.

Epsom salt also has magnesium, so it will help you relax and sleep.

Magnesium sulfate has been around since 1906 and has since been proven to be a superior medication.

At night we drank a beverage we called “CalMag,” a terrible mixture of calcium, magnesium, vinegar, and water.

She tells us what happens when the balance is ripped apart by the release of calcium and magnesium into the atmosphere.

As a teenager, a magnesium flare exploded and left 70 percent of his body covered in third-degree burns.

When ordinary methods do not suffice, it can usually be cleared by shaking up with a little magnesium carbonate and filtering.

Their skimpy portions of stew were spooned on magnesium plates.

Magnesium rods for Storey or Ramos or the Kuzaks to shape in a lathe.

In the forecastle, the yellow oil lamp seemed a white flaring of magnesium.

When you saw Buller getting in at the window by the light of your magnesium wire, did you notice his skates?

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