Sun September 04, 2011 By: Nancy Mishra

Plz tell me what is a metalloid?

Expert Reply
Mon September 05, 2011
those elements whose properties lie between that of metals and non metals, the classification of any particular element as a metalloid has been described as 'arbitrary'. 

There is no fixed pattern for the properties this can be seen by taking few examples from the properties of metaloids.



  • solid, with a metallic lustre
  • densities lower than neighbouring poor metals but higher than those of neighbouring nonmetals.
  • intermediate ionization energies (usually falling between those of metals and nonmetals)
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