Periodic Table of the Elements: Magnesium

Name: Magnesium
Symbol: Mg
Atomic Number: 12
Atomic Mass: 24.312
Atomic Volume: 14.0 cc/mol
Discovered By: First isolated by Sir Humphrey Davy in 1808
Discovery Date: 1808
Origin of Name: Magnesium - (from Magnesia, a district in Greece)
Toxicity: Not toxic. Magnesium vapor on inhalation produces foundry fever. See zinc.
Summary: Magnesium is not found free in nature. Magnesium will ignite upon heating in air and will burn with a brilliant white flame. Magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH)2, (Milk of Magnesia) and magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) are used in medicine.


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HHe
LiBeBCNOFNe
NaMgAlSiPSClAr
KCaScTiVCrMnFeCoNiCuZnGaGeAsSeBrKr
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CsBaLaCePrNdPmSmEuGdTbDyHoErTmYbLuHfTaWReOsIrPtAuHgTlPbBiPoAtRn
FrRaAcThPaUNpPuAmCmBkCfEsFmMdNoLr

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