calcium

noun, often attributive
cal·​ci·​um | \ ˈkal-sē-əm \

Definition of calcium

: a silver-white divalent metallic element of the alkaline-earth group occurring only in combination — see Chemical Elements Table

Examples of calcium in a Sentence

Her doctor said she should eat more foods that are high in calcium, such as milk and cheese.

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If that’s not possible, treatment with supplemental oxygen may be enough, the CDC says, along with drugs such as nifedipine, which acts on your body’s calcium to increase your access to blood and oxygen while easing some of the burden on your heart. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Is Altitude Sickness?," 20 Dec. 2018 This sugar is used, along with tiny amounts of minerals absorbed from the soil (such as nitrogen and calcium), to power the biological processes and build the body of the plant. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Northern exposure? Southern exposure? How compass directions can improve your plants' health," 31 Mar. 2018 Usually the nurses administer a version of the Myers Cocktail, a mix of B and C vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids delivered with an intravenous needle. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Is the Wellness IV the Next Big Thing in Beauty?," 15 Aug. 2018 Think of it this way: Whole foods contain a natural package of health promoting substances, like calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber (from fruits). Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What is healthier: natural sugar, table sugar or artificial sweeteners?," 6 Apr. 2018 Getting the right mix of vitamins and minerals matters, too, especially for nutrients like calcium and phosphorus. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know Before Making Your Own Homemade Dog Food," 8 Aug. 2017 The sample was also spot-on for average values of zinc and calcium, but a little high on sodium. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "For Motor Oil, How Old Is Too Old?," 6 Dec. 2018 One cup of stinging nettle, which was the traditional spring green, contains as much iron as a cup of kale and more calcium than a glass of milk. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 The tesserae have different concentrations of the elements aluminum and calcium, as well as a few heavier elements. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of calcium

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calcium

New Latin, from Latin calc-, calx lime

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calcium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calcium

: a substance that is found in most plants and animals and that is especially important in people for strong healthy bones

calcium

noun
cal·​ci·​um | \ ˈkal-sē-əm \

Kids Definition of calcium

: a silvery soft metallic chemical element that is essential for strong healthy bones

calcium

noun, often attributive
cal·​ci·​um | \ ˈkal-sē-əm \

Medical Definition of calcium

: a silver-white bivalent metallic element that is an alkaline earth metal, occurs only in combination, and is an essential constituent of most plants and animals symbol Ca — see Chemical Elements Table

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