One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns denoting binary compounds of a nonmetallic or more electronegative element or group.‘cyanide’‘sodium chloride’
- 1.1 Forming nouns denoting various other compounds.‘peptide’‘saccharide’
- 1.2 Forming nouns denoting elements of a series in the periodic table.‘lanthanide’
- 1.1 Forming nouns denoting various other compounds.
Originally used in oxide.
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