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

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The women and their families said decades-long use of baby powder and other cosmetic talc products caused their diseases. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson told to pay $4.7 billion in baby powder case," 13 July 2018 Attorneys argued the pharmaceutical company sold and potentially still sells talc products, like baby powder, contaminated with asbestos -- a mineral found in talc that has been linked to lung cancer. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson still battling thousands of cases involving its talcum powder," 13 July 2018 But the company is still battling thousands of cases involving its baby powder. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson still battling thousands of cases involving its talcum powder," 13 July 2018 Her lawsuit claimed her disease stemmed from her lifetime use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Juries Weigh Cases Over Alleged Harms of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder," 28 May 2018 About 6,600 women have sued the company blaming baby powder for causing their ovarian cancers. Jef Feeley,, "J&J Jury Set to Weigh Banker's Claims Baby Powder Caused Cancer," 4 Apr. 2018 The verdict comes in the first test of plaintiffs’ claims of an asbestos ovarian cancer link in use of J&J’s iconic baby powder. Tim Bross, Time, "Women Claimed Johnson & Johnson's Talc Powder Gave Them Cancer. They Just Won $4.7 Billion in Damages," 14 July 2018 Treatment includes keeping the infected area dry and using baby powder to soothe the rash. Shelby Dermer,, "Parents and athletes: How to spot and treat heat-related illnesses this summer," 3 July 2018 Branch captures the life of a modern rodeo star, from the crushing travel to the baby powder, an essential product given all that leather and sweat. Craig Fehrman, Outside Online, "Star Journalists Explore Rural America," 12 June 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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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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