cal·​a·​mine | \ ˈka-lə-ˌmīn How to pronounce calamine (audio) , -mən\

Definition of calamine

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

Examples of calamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From Christian Louboutin’s minty green varnish to JINsoon’s calamine pink lacquer, here are eight polishes to wear now, weather be damned. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "8 Pastel Nail Polishes to Brighten Any Stormy Spring Day," 20 Apr. 2019 So can applying a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion (to ease inflammation and irritation) and taking an oral antihistamine (to combat your body’s release of histamine, the chemical involved in allergic reactions). Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018 Use a moisturizer with aloe vera, soy, or calamine. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How to Actually Treat a Painful Sunburn," 11 Aug. 2018 To minimize the symptoms of poison ivy, use calamine lotion or products containing aluminum acetate. Erik Polan,, "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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of calamine

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


cal·​a·​mine | \ ˈka-lə-ˌmīn How to pronounce calamine (audio) \

Kids Definition of calamine

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


cal·​a·​mine | \ ˈkal-ə-ˌmīn, -mən How to pronounce calamine (audio) \

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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