from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A heavy, volatile, corrosive, reddish-brown, nonmetallic liquid element, having a highly irritating vapor. It is used in producing gasoline antiknock mixtures, fumigants, dyes, and photographic chemicals. Atomic weight 79.904; atomic number 35; melting point 7.2°C; boiling point 58.78°C; valence 1, 3, 5, 7. See Table at element.

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  • n. A nonmetallic chemical element (symbol Br) with an atomic number of 35; one of the halogens
  • n. A bromine atom in a molecule

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the halogen elements, related in its chemical qualities to chlorine and iodine. Atomic weight 79.8. Symbol Br. It is a deep reddish brown liquid of a very disagreeable odor, emitting a brownish vapor at the ordinary temperature. In combination it is found in minute quantities in sea water, and in many saline springs. It occurs also in the mineral bromyrite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Chemical symbol, Br; atomic weight, 80. A non-metallic element allied in its chemical relations to chlorine and iodine.

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  • n. a nonmetallic heavy volatile corrosive dark brown liquid element belonging to the halogens; found in sea water


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French brome (from Greek brōmos, stench) + -ine2.

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From French brome, from Ancient Greek βρῶμος (brōmos, "stink")


  • The word bromine comes from the Greek word bromos, meaning 'horrible smell'.

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  • Chemical-products maker Gulf Resources rose 42 cents, or 6.3%, to 7.10 after the China-based company boosted its outlook for the year for the second time since April on continued price increases in bromine, which is used in fire retardants and fine chemicals.

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  • I have found it to yield more satisfactory results than bromine, which is much more expensive.

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  • -- Of all common photographic paper, the best, because the least troublesome in making, and the most satisfactory in result, is that which is termed bromine paper, and which is thus prepared: -- Dissolve one hundred grains of bromide of potassium in one ounce of distilled water, and soak the paper in this solution.

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  • There is another chemical on the market called bromine that comes in a cartridge format will self dispense itself into your hot tub for up to 60 days.

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  • As we know that chocolate contains bromine, which is extremely deadly to dogs.

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  • We use a kind of bromine tablet in our spa in the US and it works great.

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  • For example, by biosynthetic methods it is easy to introduce a heavy atom such as bromine into the molecule; the heavy atom can be placed unambiguously in three dimensions by the calculated Patterson distribution; the remaining atomic positions appear with no difficulty at all in the following three-dimensional electron-density distribution and, on refinement, the atoms appear beautifully clearly.

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