chromium [kroh-mee-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a lustrous, hard, brittle, metallic element used in alloy steels for hardness and corrosion resistance, as in stainless steel, and for plating other metals: chromium salts are used as pigments and mordants. Symbol: Cr; atomic weight: 51.996; atomic number: 24; specific gravity: 7.1.
  2. chrome(def 2).

Origin of chromium First recorded in 1800–10; chrome + -ium Examples from the Web for chromium Contemporary Examples of chromium

  • Unlike metals like iron, which rusts and corrodes dramatically, chromium remains stable after oxidation and subsequent burial.

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  • RockMelt is built on open-source code—the Chromium software created by Google and used for its own Chrome browser.

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  • Historical Examples of chromium

  • Chromium is a very hard metal of about the same density as iron.

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  • Like chromium, the metals are difficult to prepare in pure condition.

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  • When the crucible has cooled a button of chromium will be found in the bottom.

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  • Well, if I don’t see him, you let him know about the chromium.

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  • When, therefore, chromium is not detected in the precipitate, the filtrate should also be examined.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for chromium chromium noun

    1. a hard grey metallic element that takes a high polish, occurring principally in chromite: used in steel alloys and electroplating to increase hardness and corrosion-resistance. Symbol: Cr; atomic no: 24; atomic wt: 51.9961; valency: 2, 3, or 6; relative density: 7.18–7.20; melting pt: 1863±20°C; boiling pt: 2672°C

    Word Origin for chromium C19: from New Latin, from French: chrome Word Origin and History for chromium n.

    metallic element, 1807, with metallic elemental suffix -ium + French chrome (Fourcroy and Haüy), from Greek chroma “color” (see chrome; also see chroma). So called for its colorful compounds. Related: Chromite.

    chromium in Medicine chromium [krō′mē-əm] n. Symbol Cr

    1. A lustrous hard metallic element, resistant to tarnish and corrosion and found primarily in chromite. It is used to harden steel alloys, in decorative platings, and as a pigment in glass. Atomic number 24.

    chromium in Science chromium [krō′mē-əm] Cr

    1. A hard, shiny, steel-gray metallic element that is rust-resistant and does not tarnish easily. It is used to plate other metals, to harden steel, and to make stainless steel and other alloys. Atomic number 24; atomic weight 51.996; melting point 1,890°C; boiling point 2,482°C; specific gravity 7.18; valence 2, 3, 6. See Periodic Table.
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