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amalgam

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noun amal·gam \ə-ˈmal-gəm\

Simple Definition of amalgam

  • : a combination or mixture of different things

  • : a mixture of mercury and other metals used for filling holes in teeth

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amalgam

  1. 1 :  an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements

  2. 2 :  a mixture of different elements

Examples of amalgam in a sentence

  1. <a church that is an amalgam of traditional and modern architectural styles>



Origin and Etymology of amalgam

Middle English amalgame, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin amalgama


First Known Use: 15th century

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amalgam

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noun amal·gam \ə-ˈmal-gəm\

Medical Definition of amalgam

  1. :  an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements





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