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 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 The original version was filmed between five and six frames per second on celluloid, a plastic material derived from camphor and nitrocellulose, and the entire film was digitized at nine frames per second to produce a higher quality picture. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "See the Oldest Known Footage of a Solar Eclipse," 3 June 2019 These patches also have camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate in them (think: Icy Hot), which likely adds to the relief. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 In fact, many of them also come with ingredients like arnica, menthol, or camphor, which may all provide a more immediate sensation of soothing or pain relief. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 Also avoid products that contain any kind of harsh ingredients like alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, and lemon or lime, as well as synthetic fragrances. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camphoraceous. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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