calamine

noun
cal·​a·​mine | \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn, -mən\

Definition of calamine 

: a mixture of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments

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To minimize the symptoms of poison ivy, use calamine lotion or products containing aluminum acetate. Erik Polan, Philly.com, "Q&A: How do I know if I have poison ivy?," 8 June 2018 Once a skin rash has developed, the Mayo Clinic advises you to apply cortizone cream and calamine lotion for the first few days to alleviate pain. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Poison Ivy," 4 June 2018 Ointments, such as hydrocortisone 1 percent cream or calamine lotion, can lessen symptoms but should not be used on children younger than 2 without a doctor's permission. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Diseases from mosquito and tick bites are on rise in U.S. Here's what you can do about it.," 1 May 2018 Step 3: Use antihistamine or calamine cream and oatmeal baths to reduce itching. NBC News, "How to Treat a Bee Sting at Home (and When to Head to the Hospital)," 10 Sep. 2017 FOMO features a redness-reducing blend of calamine and rose, while Birth of Venus has a smoothing combo of kaolin clay and sea water that's great for moisturizing oily skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "We Tried Those Lush Jelly Masks, and They're Fun As Hell," 25 Aug. 2017 Many cases can successfully be treated with calamine or aloe vera lotions with the rash lasting from one to three weeks. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Are you prepared to deal with the poison oak season from hell?," 6 June 2017 Deal with itchy welts by applying calamine lotion or other itch relief products after taking a hot shower or bath with lots of soap to dislodge the tiny terrors! Sallie Lee, AL.com, "Invisible bugs cause major discomfort (Garden Talk)," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of calamine

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calamine

Middle English calamyn ore of zinc, from Medieval Latin calamina, alteration of Latin cadmia — more at cadmium

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calamine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calamine

: a pink liquid that is used to treat skin that is sore, itchy, sunburned, etc.

calamine

noun
cal·​a·​mine | \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn \

Kids Definition of calamine

: a skin lotion used especially to reduce itching (as from an insect bite or poison ivy)

calamine

noun
cal·​a·​mine | \ˈkal-ə-ˌmīn, -mən \

Medical Definition of calamine 

: a mixture of zinc oxide or zinc carbonate with a small amount of ferric oxide that is used in lotions, liniments, and ointments

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