Silicon and Silicone (The Difference)

The difference between silicon and silicone

In order to fully make the distinction between the mineral silicon and the synthetic material silicone, we will define the two:

Silicon is a naturally occurring substance in nature that is defined as a mineral.

Silicone is a synthetic blend of materials that resemble plastic. Silicone is the material that is used in breast implants as well as medical tubing. Silicone does contain silicon along with oxygen and a variety of other naturally occurring substances in nature, but it is a very different substance to the mineral Silicon.


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