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The Element Antimony


"The Atom"

Definition of the Antimony Element
A metallic element having four allotropic forms, the most common of which is a hard, extremely brittle, lustrous, silver-white, crystalline material. It is used in a wide variety of alloys, especially with Lead in battery plates, and in the manufacture of flame-proofing compounds, paint, semiconductor devices, and ceramic products. Antimony is a poor conductor of heat and electricity, it is stable in dry air and is not attacked by dilute acids or alkalis. The Atomic Number of this element is 51 and the Element Symbol is Sb.

The Properties of the Antimony Element
Symbol of Element : Sb
Atomic Number : 51
Atomic Mass: 121.76 amu
Melting Point: 630.0 C - 903.15 K
Boiling Point: 1750.0 C - 2023.15 K
Number of Protons/Electrons: 51
Number of Neutrons in Antimony : 71
Crystal Structure: Rhombohedral
Density @ 293 K: 6.684 g/cm3
Color: silver-white, bluish

Origin / Meaning of the name Antimony
From the Greek words anti and monos meaning "opposed to solitude".

Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Antimony Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Antimony is classified as a "Metalloid" element and is located in Groups 13, 14,15, 16 and 17 of the Periodic Table. An element classified as one of the Metalloids has the properties of both metals and Non-Metals. Some are semi-conductors and can carry an electrical charge making them useful in calculators and computers.

Facts about the Discovery and History of the Antimony Element
Dates back to Antiquity and used by many ancient peoples. First reported scientifically by Tholden in 1450. The first description of a procedure for isolating elemental antimony was in 1540 by Vannoccio Biringuccio.

Occurrence of the Antimony Element
Antimony is chalcophile, occurring with Sulfurand the heavy metals Copper, lead, and silver
Found in over 100 mineral species

Abundances of the element in different environments
% % in Universe 410-8%
% in Sun 110-7%
% in Meteorites 0.000012%
% in Earth's Crust 0.00002%
% in Oceans 210-8%
% in Humans N/A

Medical Uses of Antimony - Health and Treatments
Interesting information on the Medical Uses of Antimony, Health and Treatments. Antimony compounds are used in medicine as anti-infective agents in the treatment of tropical diseases. All antimony compounds are potentially poisonous and must be used with caution. Ingestion of antimony compounds may produce symptoms similar to those of acute arsenic poisoning.

Associated Uses of Antimony
Flame-proofing compounds
Ceramic products
Antimony trioxide
Antimony dithiocarbamate

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