amalgam

noun amal·gam \ ə-ˈmal-gəm \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of amalgam

1 : a mixture of different elements
  • an amalgam of musical forms
  • The crowd was an amalgam of young and old.
2 : 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
  • Dentists have used silver-colored mercury amalgam (mercury mixed, about 50/50, with a combination of silver, tin, copper and other metals) to fill cavities for at least 150 years.
  • —Jennifer Huget

Examples of amalgam in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of amalgam

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

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AMALGAM Defined for English Language Learners

amalgam

noun

Definition of amalgam for English Language Learners

  • : a combination or mixture of different things

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


Medical Dictionary

amalgam

noun amal·gam \ ə-ˈmal-gəm \

medical Definition of amalgam

: 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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