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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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 When a patient’s risk level isn’t clear, a coronary artery calcium scan can help determine whether treatment is needed, the guidelines recommend. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol Take a Personal Approach," 10 Nov. 2018 Growing asparagus is a boon to your health too, as this perennial vegetable is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 There were also minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and zinc, all of which are found in red meat and dairy products. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman’s last meal shows how Copper Age people ate on the run," 13 July 2018 The sturdy green contains vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron. Jill Wendholt Silva, kansascity, "Quinoa kale salad keeps healthful eating resolutions on track," 23 Jan. 2018 That study concluded that vitamin D and calcium combine to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vitamin D associated with lower risk of breast cancer, UCSD-led study finds," 15 June 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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