Is Bromine a Metal or a Nonmetal?

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Bromine is a nonmetal element. It takes a liquid form at normal room temperature and has a brownish-red color in both its gaseous and liquid state.

Bromine is the only nonmetal element that naturally takes form as a liquid under normal circumstances. It easily evaporates, and in its gaseous state has a smell similar to that of chlorine. It is commonly found in oceanic deposits such as bromine salts, where it is harvested for use in many products, including dyes, flame-proofing and sanitizers.

Bromine has anti-microbe properties that make it a useful component in disinfecting agents. Inhalation of bromine vapors may cause serious respiratory problems, along with other health complications.