-ium etymology

English word -ium comes from Latin -um

Detailed word origin of -ium

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-um Latin (lat)
-ium English (eng) (by extension, humorous) Appended to common words to create scientific-sounding or humorous-sounding fictional substance names.. (chemistry) Used to form the names of metal elements, after the style of early-named elements, as well as the isotopes of hydrogen.. (chemistry) Used to form the temporary systematic element name of a metallic or nonmetallic element which is postulated to exist, or [...]

Words with the same origin as -ium

Descendants of -um
aethalium basidiocarp cephalodial cephalodium conidium epibasidium gongylidium holobasidium hypobasidium leptocystidium meiosporangial metabasidium microsclerotium mycelial mycelioid myceloid oleocystidium phragmobasidium probasidium sporangium