What Is a Chemical Symbol?


A chemical symbol is an abbreviation of a chemical element that is derived from its scientific or Latin name. The naming of the symbols is attributed to the English chemist, John Dalton, whose symbols designate single atoms of elements and the Scottish chemist, Thomas Thomson.
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A chemical symbol is the abbreviation of a chemical element. It may be just one capital letter, like 'O' for the element oxygen, or two letters, like 'Na' for sodium.
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