What are Metalloids? Define Metalloids
Metalloids is a term used in Periodic Chemistry when classifying
the chemical elements. Each element can usually be
classified as a metal or a non-metal based on their general
Chemical and Physical Properties. However, metalloids have
mixed properties which can be harder to characterize. The word Metalloids is derived from the Latin word 'metallum'
meaning "metal" and the Greek word 'oeides' meaning "resembling in form or
What are Metalloids? Common Properties of Metalloids
The terms brittleness, semi-conductivity
and metallic lustre are often used as distinguishing indicators of metalloid
status. Some metalloids also contract on melting, unlike many other types of
metals. They can also form alloys with metals.