Is magnesium a metal?


Quick Answer

Magnesium is a metal. Specifically, it is an alkaline earth metal. Its atomic number is 12, and it was first isolated by the British chemist Humphrey Davy in 1808.

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Though magnesium is abundant on the earth, it's never found in a free state. It's considered a structural metal, which means it can be used as a building material. However, its melting point is too low for it to be unalloyed with other metals. The melting point of magnesium is only 1202 degrees Fahrenheit.

As a nutrient, magnesium is essential for health. It supports the functioning of the heart, nerves, muscles and immune system.

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