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germanium

Syllabification: ger·ma·ni·um
Pronunciation: /ˌjərˈmānēəm
 
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Definition of germanium in English:

noun

The chemical element of atomic number 32, a shiny gray semimetal. Germanium was important in the making of transistors and other semiconductor devices, but has been largely replaced by silicon. (Symbol: Ge)
Example sentences
  • Rorrer's lab aims to incorporate elements such as silicon, germanium, titanium, and gallium into the diatoms' silica shells.
  • Recently, alloys of gadolinium, germanium and silicon have produces a much larger effect size of 3 to 4°C per Tesla change.
  • Improving the performance of silicon transistors and circuits by adding another semiconductor material is one approach, and silicon germanium is the most popular of the new materials.

Origin

late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin Germanus (see German).

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