Element Names That Can Be Spelled Using Element Symbols

Using Symbols To Write Element Names

Krypton on chalkboard
You can spell the word "krypton using element symbols. michaklootwijk, Getty Images

There are only a few element names that can be spelled out using element symbols, the one- and two- letter shorthand used to identify elements on the periodic table and in chemical equations. Here is an alphabetical list of these element names. Note copper and phosphorus repeat element symbols to form their names. Although the names for arsenic, copper, iron, silver, and tin may be spelled out using element symbols, they cannot be written using their own element symbols.

Oganesson and tennessine are two of the latest element names added to the periodic table that can be spelled using element symbols.

 arsenic ArSeNIC, ArSeNiC
 astatine AsTaTiNe
 bismuth BiSmUTh, BISmUTh
 carbon CaRbON, CArBON
 copper CoPPEr, COPPEr
 iron IrON
 krypton KrYPtON
 neon NeON
 oganesson OGaNeSSON
 phosphorus   PHOsPHoRuS, PHoSPHORuS, PHOSPHORuS,
 silicon SiLiCoN, SiLiCON, SILiCON, SILiCoN
 silver SILvEr, SiLvEr
 tennessine TeNNeSSiNe
 tin TiN
 xenon XeNON, XeNoN