How many familiar characters can you recognize? 🙂
The names for chemical elements in East Asian languages, along with those for some chemical compounds (mostly organic), are among the newest words to enter the local vocabularies.
Except for those metals well-known since antiquity, most elements had their names created after modern chemistry was introduced to East Asia in the 18th and 19th century, with more translations being coined for those elements discovered later.
While most East Asian languages use—or had used—the Chinese script, only the Chinese use the characters as the predominant way of naming elements.Read more from Wikipedia