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 History of this Word

"ium" is from "ium" spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
ammonium
yttrium
palladium
sodium

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ium" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates chemical element or group. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ium illustration Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
-ium illustration Californium was first made in milligramme amounts in 1960.