1. germanium

noun. a brittle grey crystalline element that is a semiconducting metalloid (resembling silicon) used in transistors; occurs in germanite and argyrodite.


  • semiconductor
  • element
  • germanite
  • chemical element
  • semiconducting material
  • argyrodite
  • atomic number 32


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Example sentences of the word germanium

1. Noun, singular or mass
Diodes are formed from semiconductors such as silicon or germanium that are doped to form what is known as a PN junction.

2. Verb, base form
It is also added to germanium and silicon to increase conductivity, according to the University of California.