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 The peachy, chalky blotches of the calamine lotion. Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, "To Recover Mother," 25 Aug. 2020 Dawn dish soap, clear calamine lotion, hot water and plantain leaf — chewed up to mush, then applied to the rash. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Remedies abound for poison ivy rash," 29 June 2020 The doctor looked me over and prescribed me some kind of calamine lotion, which didn’t help very much. New York Times, "You’re in the Army Now. Roll Up Your Sleeve.," 23 Apr. 2020 In addition to the salicylic acid and sulfur often found in spot treatments, Drying Lotion also contains calamine to help eliminate especially juicy pimples overnight, all without irritating the surrounding skin. Marci Robin, Allure, "Vanessa Hudgens Shares Her Travel Skin-Care Routine, and We’re Impressed," 19 Apr. 2019 Introducing Anti-Monkey Butt Powder: talc-free with calamine and cornstarch. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Relieve Skin Irritations while Hiking and Hunting," 21 Oct. 2019 Typically, those symptoms can be eased with self-care steps, such as applying a cold compress to the area; taking an over-the-counter pain reliever; and applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to ease redness, itching and swelling. Mayo Clinic Q & A,, "Bee sting allergies can occur at any stage in life," 21 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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