What is zinc?

  • (noun): A bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs as zinc sulphide in zinc blende.
    Synonyms: Zn, atomic number 30


Zinc, in commerce also spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element of group 12 of the periodic table. Zinc is, in some respects, chemically similar to magnesium, because its ion is of similar size and its only common oxidation state is +2. Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth's crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc ore is sphalerite (zinc blende), a zinc sulfide mineral. The largest mineable amounts are found in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Zinc production includes froth flotation of the ore, roasting, and final extraction using electricity (electrowinning).

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Compounds Of Zinc - See Also
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Compounds Of Zinc - Bio-complexes
... A very large number of metallo-enzymes contain zinc(II) ... Also many proteins contain zinc for structural reasons ... The zinc ion is invariably 4-coordinate with at least three ligands that are amino-acid side-chains ...
Compounds Of Zinc
... Compounds of zinc are chemical compounds containing the element zinc which is a member of the group 12 of the periodic table ... Zinc may be classified as a post-transition main group element with zinc(II) having much chemical behaviour in common with copper(II) ... Many salts of zinc(II) are isomorphous with salts of magnesium(II) due to the ionic radii of the cations being almost the same ...
Zinc, Arkansas - School District
... Zinc, along with Bergman, is within the Bergman School District. ...
Compounds Of Zinc - Binary Compounds - Salts
... used as white pigment), the chromate ZnCrO 4 (one of the few colored zinc compounds), the arsenite Zn(AsO2)2 (colorless powder) and the arsenate octahydrate Zn(AsO 4) 2•8H 2O (white powder, also ... One of the simplest examples of an organic compound of zinc is the acetate Zn(O 2CCH 3) 2, which has several medicinal applications ... Zinc salts are usually fully dissociated in aqueous solution ...