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chemical symbol


an abbreviation or short representation of a chemical element; the symbols in the periodic table


Natural elements all have chemical symbols of one or two letters; some manmade elements have three-letter symbols.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • A fellow-student in chemistry said to you: "The chemical symbol for water is H40; two of our classmates told me so."

    Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon
  • Any word, number, mathematical or chemical symbol--in fact, any abstract symbol will come under this type of image.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

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