Science, Tech, Math › Science Metallic Character Definition Share Flipboard Email Print Zinc is an element that displays metallic character. It has a metallic luster, is hard, has high melting and boiling points, and forms cations. Bar?s Muratoglu / Getty Images Science Chemistry Chemical Laws Basics Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated July 09, 2018 Metallic Character Definition Metallic character describes the set of chemical properties that are associated with the elements classified as metals in the periodic table. Metallic character depends on the ability of an element to lose its outer valence electrons. Examples of properties related to metallic character include thermal and electrical conductivity, metallic luster, hardness, ductility, and malleability. The most "metallic" element is francium, followed by cesium. In general, metallic character increases as you move toward the lower right side of the periodic table. Also Known As: metallicity, metal character Metallic Character Versus Metallicity In chemistry, the terms metallic character and metallicity may be used interchangeably to refer to the metallic nature of a sample. In astronomy, metallicity refers to the abundance of elements heavier than hydrogen or helium, regardless of whether or not these elements are actually metals.