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 (Ge) [jer-ma´ne-um]
a chemical element, atomic number 32, atomic weight 72.59. (See Appendix 6.)

ger·ma·ni·um (Ge),

A metallic element, atomic no. 32, atomic wt. 72.61.
[L. Germania, Germany]


Fringe nutrition
A metallic element used in high-tech industries and believed in the 1920s to be an essential trace element. There is no known metabolic role for germanium in the body, and in large quantities it is toxic to the kidneys. Lack of supporting scientific data notwithstanding, purveyors of alternative health therapies have promoted germanium as a therapy for AIDS, allergies, anaemia, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, diseases of the heart, liver and nervous system, headaches, infections, sexual dysfunction and other conditions; it is claimed to reduce birth defects and lower cholesterol levels.


A metallic element; atomic no. 32, atomic wt. 72.61.
[L. Germania, Germany]