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5 Boron B, named after the mineral borax which the element was first extracted from using electrolysis by British Chemist Humphry Davy who called it boracium. The -on suffix came later by analogy with carbon. #EotE #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language
6 Carbon C, named from Latin for coal: carbo. Late 18th Century French scientists demonstrated graphite, charcoal & diamond made of same element naming it carbone, 1st listed by Antoine Lavoisier in famous 1789 chemistry textbook. #EotE #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language
7 Nitrogen N, confusion in 16th C led to natron (sodium carbonate) & saltpeter (potassium nitrate) both being named nitre in French. French chemist Jean-Antoine Chaptal named the new gas nitrogene, -gène, producing from Greek -γενής #EotE #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language
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Etymology of the Elements #EotE. This thread will build to explain the name of each of the 118 chemical elements in the periodic table. #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language

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1 Hydrogen, named from ancient Greek ὑδρο- hydro meaning "water" and -γενής genes meaning "creator" by French Chemist Antoine Lavoisier as it forms water when burnt in air 2H₂+O₂→2H₂O #EotE #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language
2 Helium, named from the Greek Titan of the Sun Helios (ἥλιος) as it was first seen by the unique yellow light in emits from the Sun by French astronomer Jules Janssen during a total solar eclipse 1868 #EotE #etymology #Chemistry #Science #Language
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