Mohs' scale

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\ ˈmōz- How to pronounce Mohs' scale (audio) , ˈmōs- How to pronounce Mohs' scale (audio) , ˈmō-səz- \

Definition of Mohs' scale

: a scale of hardness for minerals that ranges from a value of 1 for talc to 10 for diamond

First Known Use of Mohs' scale

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mohs' scale

Friedrich Mohs †1839 German mineralogist

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“Mohs' scale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mohs%27%20scale. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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Mohs' scale

noun
\ ˈmōz- How to pronounce Mohs' scale (audio) , ˈmōs- How to pronounce Mohs' scale (audio) , ˈmō-səz- \

Medical Definition of Mohs' scale

1 : a scale of hardness for minerals in which 1 represents the hardness of talc; 2, gypsum; 3, calcite; 4, fluorite; 5, apatite; 6, orthoclase; 7, quartz; 8, topaz; 9, corundum; and 10, diamond
2 : a revised and expanded version of the original Mohs' scale which provides finer distinctions between the harder materials and in which 1 represents the hardness of talc; 2, gypsum; 3, calcite; 4, fluorite; 5, apatite; 6, orthoclase; 7, vitreous pure silica; 8, quartz; 9, topaz; 10, garnet; 11, fused zirconium oxide; 12, fused alumina; 13, silicon carbide; 14, boron carbide; and 15, diamond

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