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Re: How did the element Oxygen get its name?

Date: Tue Jul 21 21:38:59 1998
Posted By: Eric Maass, Operations Manager, semiconductors / communication products
Area of science: Science History
ID: 898660049.Sh

Oxygen got its name from "Principe Oxygene", which means acidifying 
principle. "Oxy" is from Greek, and means sharp or acid; "gen" is also from 
Greek, and means the origin of. So, oxygen means "the origin of acid".

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