baby powder


Definition of baby powder

: a fine powder composed mainly of talc or cornstarch that is sprinkled or rubbed on the skin especially to absorb moisture and relieve chafing

Examples of baby powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson & Johnson on Friday recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder as a precaution after federal regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a single bottle purchased online. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson recalling 33,000 bottles of baby powder for asbestos," 18 Oct. 2019 The company has been fighting thousands of lawsuits over the talc in its baby powder. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after discovering small amounts of asbestos," 18 Oct. 2019 Analysts estimate the baby powder lawsuits could cost Johnson & Johnson $5 billion to $10 billion. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Worry," 18 Oct. 2019 The recall represents the first time Johnston & Johnson has pulled baby powder from the market. Leada Gore |, al, "Johnson & Johnson recalls baby powder after asbestos found," 18 Oct. 2019 Johnson & Johnson, which has won some other baby powder lawsuits, has denied that its talc products caused harm. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Whopping jury award against Johnson & Johnson sends a signal to drug industry," 9 Oct. 2019 The case is unrelated to a string of big-money lawsuits the company is facing over its signature baby powder. CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson hit with $8 billion verdict over drug linked to boy growing breasts," 9 Oct. 2019 Earlier this month, the company recalled one lot of baby powder -- about 33,000 bottles -- produced and shipped in the United States last year. Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "New lab tests didn't find asbestos in recalled baby powder, Johnson & Johnson says," 29 Oct. 2019 At multiple trials, J&J’s expert witnesses have testified asbestos hasn’t been detected in the talc in its baby powder in thousands of tests over the last 40 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "J&J recalls baby powder after trace asbestos found in bottle," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of baby powder

1853, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Baby powder.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baby powder

: a light powder that is used to dry or soothe someone's skin (such as a baby's skin)

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