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What is the Chemical Symbol for an Element?

Scientists have adopted certain conventions regarding the chemical symbols for various elements. The symbol is the short form or abbreviated name of the element. Each element has a chemical symbol that is unique to it. An atom of an element is denoted by this symbol. For example, the symbol for Uranium is U.

Many elements have their symbol derived from either the first letter [e.g., S for Sulfur] or the first two letters [e.g., Si for Silicon] of their names. A few elements have symbols derived from their Latin names

[e.g., the symbol for Silver is Ag, short for Argentum].

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