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inert gaseous element, 1898, coined by its discoverers (Sir William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers) from Greek krypton, neuter of adjective kryptos "hidden" (see crypt); so called because it was so difficult to find.
krypton kryp·ton (krĭp'tŏn')
A largely inert gaseous element used in gas fluorescent lamps. Atomic number 36; atomic weight 83.80; melting point -157.4°C; boiling point -153.22°C; density 3.73 grams per liter (0°C).
A colorless, odorless element in the noble gas group. It is used in certain fluorescent lamps and photographic flash lamps. Atomic number 36; atomic weight 83.80; melting point -156.6°C; boiling point -152.30°C; density 3.73 grams per liter (0°C). See Periodic Table.
A frame language.
["An Essential Hybrid Reasoning System: Knowledge and Symbol Level Accounts of KRYPTON", R.J. Brachman et al, Proc IJCAI-85, 1985].