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germanium Syllabification: ger·ma·ni·um
Pronunciation: /ˌjərˈmānēəm/

Definition of germanium in English:


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.


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

Words that rhyme with germanium

cranium, geranium, Herculaneum, titanium, uranium

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