-on etymology

English word -on comes from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον

Detailed word origin of -on

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ἤλεκτρον Ancient Greek (grc)
electrum Latin (lat) (physics) electron. Amber. Electrum (alloy of gold and silver).
electron English (eng) (chemistry, obsolete) Alloys of magnesium and other metals, like aluminum or zinc, that were manufactured by the German company Chemische Fabrik Griesheim-Elektron.. (particle) The subatomic particle having a negative charge and orbiting the nucleus; the flow of electrons in a conductor constitutes electricity.
-on English (eng) (biology, genetics) Forming names of things considered as basic or fundamental units, such as codon or recon.. (chemistry) Forming names of noble gases and certain nonmetal elements (such as boron or silicon).. (physics, maths, and, biology) Forming nouns denoting subatomic particles (proton), quanta (photon), molecular units (codon), or substances (interferon).

Words with the same origin as -on

Descendants of ἤλεκτρον