Sil"i*cide (?), n. Chem.
A binary compound of silicon, or one regarded as binary.
Hydrogen silicide Chem., a colorless, spontaneously inflammable gas, SiH4, produced artifically from silicon, and analogous to methane; -- called also silico-methane, silicon hydride, and formerly siliciureted hydrogen.<-- now called silane, silicon hydride, or silicane. The term silane is used as the theoretical parent compound of a large series of derivatives in which one or more of the hydrogens are substituted; the term is also used generically to refer to any one of a large series of silicon compounds, including a series containing silicon-silicon bonds, analogous to the compounds containing carbon. -->
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