camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Definition of camphor

: a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used as a liniment and mild topical analgesic in medicine, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent also : any of several similar compounds (such as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

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Other Words from camphor

camphoraceous \ ˌkam(p)-​fə-​ˈrā-​shəs How to pronounce camphoraceous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of camphor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After, Adibi put camphor oil in a glass of water and rubbed the mixture on the corpse’s forehead, palms, knees, foot and fingertips. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "They are the body washers, the women helping Iran through coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 Esthetician and skin-care expert Renée Rouleau recommends using a mask with ingredients like sulfur, camphor, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and clay, like her Rapid Response Detox Masque ($65.50). Phillip Picardi, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Bacne: 15 Dermatologist-Approved Tips," 5 Feb. 2020 Many non-toxic nail polishes are now going further, though, to eliminate others like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "13 Healthy, Non-Toxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately," 17 Feb. 2020 The tongue-tingling peppercorns add warm touches of camphor and citrus. Max Falkowitz, Saveur, "You Need This New High-End Chinese Chile Crisp," 4 June 2018 One firm launched a $10,000 competition to find an alternative material, which led to the patenting of celluloid (a mix of camphor and gun cotton) by American inventor John Wesley Hyatt in 1870. Alice Bell, CNN, "Can science break its plastic addiction?," 5 Nov. 2019 Synthetic camphor is toxic with prolonged and excessive exposure, which puts nail technicians at a higher risk of developing a reaction. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need To Switch To Non-Toxic Nail Polish," 12 Aug. 2019 The ingredients 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and octinoxate have been found in small levels in sea organisms around the world, raising concerns about bioaccumulation in humans, as well as toxicity to the fish itself. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Your Sunscreen Safe? The Case for Switching to a Mineral Sunscreen," 12 Aug. 2019 Some children play in the lower branches of a camphor. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of camphor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camphor

Middle English caumfre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, from Malay kapur

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“Camphor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camphor. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for camphor

camphor

noun
How to pronounce camphor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of camphor

: a white substance with a strong smell that is used in medicine and to keep insects away

camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Kids Definition of camphor

: a white fragrant solid that comes from the wood and bark of a tall Asian tree ( camphor tree ) and is used mostly in medicine, in making plastics, and to repel moths

camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Medical Definition of camphor

: a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used topically as a liniment and mild analgesic, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent also : any of several similar compounds (as some terpene alcohols and ketones)

Other Words from camphor

camphoric \ kam-​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfär-​ How to pronounce camphoric (audio) \ adjective

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