In relation tae the chemical elements, a seembol is a code for a chemical element.[nb 1] Chemical seembols normally conseest o ane or twa letters frae the Laitin alphabet, but can conteen three when the element haes a seestematic temporary name (as o Mairch 2017, na elements hae such a name), an are written wi the first letter capiitalised.
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- This should nae be confused wi formula. When a nummer is present at the bottom richt corner o the seembol o the element, anerly then is it said tae be a formula, but if the nummer is not present, it is a seembol.