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Four New Elements Get Official Chinese Names

May 11, 2017

China announced the official Chinese names for four new chemical elements on Tuesday, including the 118th element Oganesson (pictured). (Photo: Screenshot (Tencent Video))

Chinese authorities announced official Chinese names for four new chemical elements on Tuesday, a move which means all 118 confirmed now have Chinese names.

At a press conference held by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Language Commission and China National Committee for Terms in Sciences and Technologies, the 113th, 115th, 117th and 118th chemical elements were given official Chinese names.

The Chinese name of the 115th element - Moscovium - is an existing Chinese character "镆" ( pronounced as mo) but three new Chinese characters were created for the rest.

Based on the principle of similar pronunciations, "钅尔" (ni) and  "石田" (tian) were given to the 113th element Nihonium and the 117th element Tennessine respectively.

The Chinese symbols of the 118th element - Oganesson - is still not available for typing, but can be seen above next to its pronunciation of "ao".

The existence of these four new elements were confirmed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics together in December 2015. (GB Times)

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