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Silica vs. Silicon

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Main Difference

The main difference between Silica and Silicon is that the Silica is a chemical compound and Silicon is a chemical element with the atomic number of 14.

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  • Silica (noun)

    Silicon dioxide.

  • Silica (noun)

    Any of the silica group of the silicate minerals.

  • Silicon (noun)

    A nonmetallic element (symbol Si) with an atomic number of 14 and atomic weight of 28.0855.

  • Silicon (noun)

    A single atom of this element.

  • Silicon (noun)

    computing

  • Silicon (noun)

    computer processor

Wiktionary
  • Silica (noun)

    Silicon dioxide, SiO . It constitutes ordinary quartz (also opal and tridymite), and is artifically prepared as a very fine, white, tasteless, inodorous powder.

  • Silicon (noun)

    A nonmetalic element analogous to carbon. It always occurs combined in nature, and is artificially obtained in the free state, usually as a dark brown amorphous powder, or as a dark crystalline substance with a meetallic luster. Its oxide is silica, or common quartz, and in this form, or as silicates, it is, next to oxygen, the most abundant element of the earth's crust. Silicon is characteristically the element of the mineral kingdom, as carbon is of the organic world. Symbol Si. Atomic weight 28. Called also silicium.

Webster Dictionary
  • Silica (noun)

    a white or colorless vitreous insoluble solid (SiO2); various forms occur widely in the earth's crust as quartz or cristobalite or tridymite or lechartelierite

  • Silicon (noun)

    a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors

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