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zeolite

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noun ze·o·lite \ˈzē-ə-ˌlīt\

Definition of zeolite

  1. :  any of various hydrous silicates that are analogous in composition to the feldspars, occur as secondary minerals in cavities of lavas, and can act as ion-exchangers; also :  any of various natural or synthesized silicates of similar structure used especially in water softening and as adsorbents and catalysts

zeolitic

play \ˌzē-ə-ˈli-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of zeolite

Swedish zeolit, from Greek zein to boil + -o- + Swedish -lit -lite, from French -lite — more at yeast


First Known Use: circa 1777


Medical Dictionary

zeolite

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noun ze·o·lite \ˈzē-ə-ˌlīt\

Medical Definition of zeolite

  1. :  any of various hydrous silicates that can act as ion exchangers; also :  any of various natural or synthesized silicates of similar structure used in water softening and as adsorbents

zeolitic

\ˌzē-ə-ˈlit-ik\play adjective



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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of zeolite Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about zeolite


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