Definition of calamine
: a mixture of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide used in lotions, liniments, and ointments
Origin and Etymology of calamine
Middle English calamyn ore of zinc, from Medieval Latin calamina, alteration of Latin cadmia — more at cadmium
First Known Use: 15th century
CALAMINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of calamine for Students
: a skin lotion used especially to reduce itching (as from an insect bite or poison ivy)
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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