calamine

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn, -mən\

Definition of calamine

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

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Origin and Etymology of calamine

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


CALAMINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of calamine for English Language Learners

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


CALAMINE Defined for Kids

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈka-lə-ˌmīn\

Definition of calamine for Students

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


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calamine

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noun cal·a·mine \ˈkal-ə-ˌmīn, -mən\

Medical Definition of calamine

  1. :  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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