One of a handful of elements to have been known since antiquity, antimony has very little name recognition compared to other ancient elements such as iron and lead despite being the first to be named in Tom Lehrer's famous Elements song. Antimony compounds were used by the ancient Egyptians in their cosmetics and by the ancient Greeks in various medicines. As an element it was known to the scholars of the Islamic Golden Age and was represented by its own symbol in Western alchemy. Nowadays antimony is used to tweak the properties of various metal alloys and, like the other metalloid elements, it is often incorporated into semiconductors used in electronic devices.
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