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halogen

[hal-uh-juh n, -jen, hey-luh-] /ˈhæl ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn, ˈheɪ lə-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
any of the electronegative elements, fluorine, chlorine, iodine, bromine, and astatine, that form binary salts by direct union with metals.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; halo- + -gen
Related forms
halogenous
[ha-loj-uh-nuh s] /hæˈlɒdʒ ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halogenous

halogen

/ˈhæləˌdʒɛn/
noun
1.
any of the chemical elements fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine. They are all monovalent and readily form negative ions
Derived Forms
halogenoid, adjective
halogenous (həˈlɒdʒɪnəs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Swedish; see halo-, -gen
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Word Origin and History for halogenous

halogen

n.

general name for elements of the chlorine family, 1842, from Swedish, coined by Swedish chemist Baron Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779-1848), literally "salt-producer," from Greek hals "salt" (see halo-) + -gen "giving birth to" (see -gen); so called because a salt is formed in reactions involving these four elements.

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halogenous in Medicine

halogen hal·o·gen (hāl'ə-jən)
n.
Any of a group of five chemically related nonmetallic elements including fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine.

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halogenous in Science
halogen
  (hāl'ə-jən)   
Any of a group of five nonmetallic elements with similar properties. The halogens are fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine. Because they are missing an electron from their outermost shell, they react readily with most metals to form salts. See Periodic Table.
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