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metalloid

Syllabification: met·al·loid
Pronunciation: /ˈmedlˌoid
 
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Definition of metalloid in English:

noun

Chemistry
An element (e.g., germanium or silicon) whose properties are intermediate between those of metals and solid nonmetals. They are electrical semiconductors.
Example sentences
  • Another group of elements - the metalloid or semi-metal elements - share some properties with the metals and some with the nonmetals.
  • As its two allotropic forms might suggest, silicon is a metalloid.
  • Separating them are metalloids or semimetals.

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