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calamine

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn, -mən\

Simple Definition of calamine

  • : a pink liquid that is used to treat skin that is sore, itchy, sunburned, etc.

Full Definition of calamine

  1. :  a mixture of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments

Origin of calamine

Middle English calamyn ore of zinc, from Medieval Latin calamina, alteration of Latin cadmia — more at cadmium


First Known Use: 15th century


CALAMINE Defined for Kids

calamine

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn\

Definition of calamine

  1. :  a skin lotion used especially to reduce itching (as from an insect bite or poison ivy)




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calamine

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈkal-ə-ˌmīn, -mən\

Medical Definition of calamine

  1. :  a mixture of zinc oxide or zinc carbonate with a small amount of ferric oxide that is used in lotions, liniments, and ointments




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