Se*le"ni*um (?), n. [NL., from Gr. σεληνη selênê the moon. So called because of its chemical analogy to tellurium (from L. tellus the earth), being, as it were, a companion to it.] Chem.
A nonmetallic element of the sulphur group, and analogous to sulphur in its compounds. It is found in small quantities with sulphur and some sulphur ores, and obtained in the free state as a dark reddish powder or crystalline mass, or as a dark metallic-looking substance. It exhibits under the action of light a remarkable variation in electric conductivity, and is used in certain electric apparatus. Symbol Se. Atomic weight 78.9.
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