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periodic table words and meaning?

meaning to words in the periodic table

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    What do you mean by "words in the periodic table"? The table contains the names of chemical elements: 112 named ones and 6 with temporary names. All of the names are in Latin. Many of the recently found elements have been named after people who found them or places where they were found, older ones have their traditional names. The 6 temporary names (elements 113-118) reflect only the elements' positions in the table.

    Names of the first ten, mean, for example:

    1 - Hydrogen - means "creating water"

    2 - Helium - from Greek "Helios": the Sun

    3 - Lithium - from Greek "lithos": stone

    4 - Beryllium - from the gem "beryl" that contains it

    5 - Boron - from the mineral "borax" that contains it

    6 - Carbon - Latin word for coal

    7 - Nitrogen - means "creating salpetre"

    8 - Oxygen - means "creating sour stuff"

    9 - Fluorine - from Latin "fluere": to flow

    10 - Neon - from Greek "neos": new

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