Meaning of MANGANESE in English

MANGANESE

/mang"geuh nees', -neez'/ , n. Chem.

a hard, brittle, grayish-white, metallic element, an oxide of which, MnO 2 (manganese dioxide) , is a valuable oxidizing agent: used chiefly as an alloying agent in steel to give it toughness. Symbol: Mn; at. wt.: 54.938; at. no.: 25; sp. gr.: 7.2 at 20°C.

[ 1670-80; manganèse manganese, alter. of ML magnesia MAGNESIA ]

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