5 May 2023 Bulletin

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Arsenic is a chemical element with the symbol As, an atomic mass of 74.921 595, and an atomic number of 33. It is in the pnictogens group of the periodic table and its element category is Metalloid. Arsenic has a metallic grey appearance and is primarily used in alloys of lead. Its multiple allotropes come in a variety of colours—including yellow and black—but only the grey form is important to industry. Arsenic is found in many minerals, usually in combination with metals sulfur, but it can also present as a pure elemental crystal. Arsenic is both an organic and inorganic chemical. It is a Group-A carcinogen and all forms of the element are a serious risk to human health. [1, 2]

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