Meaning of alkaligen in English:

alkaligen

Pronunciation /ˈalkəlɪdʒ(ə)n/

noun

(also alkaligene)
historical Chemistry
  • Originally: (A. F. de Fourcroy's name for) nitrogen. Later: a supposed essential component of alkalis.

Origin

Late 18th century. From alkali + -gen, after French alcaligène.