ben·​ton·​ite | \ˈben-tə-ˌnīt \

Definition of bentonite 

: an absorptive and colloidal clay used especially as a sealing agent or suspending agent (as of drugs)

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Other Words from bentonite

bentonitic \ ˌben-​tə-​ˈni-​tik \ adjective

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Our pomades contain pure ingredients such as bentonite, which is mineral enriching for the hair, and hydrogenated castor oil, which works as a non-sticky wax to hold shape. Scott Christian, Esquire, "One of New York's Coolest Clothing Brands Wants You to Have Great Looking Hair," 3 Mar. 2017 Officials suspect the bentonite seeped into groundwater supplies, causing the water wells to become cloudy. Andrew Maykuth,, "Sunoco resumes drilling Mariner East pipeline in Chester County," 8 July 2017 Local officials suspect that nontoxic bentonite clay used as a lubricant during the horizontal-drilling process may have migrated into private wells. Andrew Maykuth,, "Water-contamination complaints force Sunoco to suspend Chesco pipeline construction," 7 July 2017 In a memo to the mayor, aldermen and city administrator, Deal said staff members have been using bentonite, an absorbent clay, to stop the leaks temporarily. Kaitlyn Schwers,, "No muskrat love after city discovers leaking spillways, damage to dams," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of bentonite

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bentonite

Fort Benton, Montana

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The first known use of bentonite was in 1898

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ben·​ton·​ite | \ˈbent-ᵊn-ˌīt \

Medical Definition of bentonite 

: an absorptive and colloidal clay used in pharmacy especially to stabilize suspensions

Other Words from bentonite

bentonitic \ ˌbent-​ᵊn-​ˈit-​ik \ adjective

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