potassium etymology

English word potassium comes from English -ium, English potassa ((obsolete) The chemical compound potassium hydroxide.)

Detailed word origin of potassium

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-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 [...]
potassa English (eng) (obsolete) The chemical compound potassium hydroxide.
potassium English (eng) (countable) A single atom of this element.. A soft, waxy, silvery reactive metal that is never found unbound in nature; an element (symbol K) with an atomic number of 19 and atomic weight of 39.0983. The symbol is derived from the Latin kalium.

Words with the same origin as potassium

Descendants of -ium
radioactive titanic titanium