magnesium oxide

noun

Definition of magnesium oxide

: a white highly infusible compound MgO used especially in refractories, cements, insulation, and fertilizers, in rubber manufacture, and in medicine as an antacid and mild laxative

Examples of magnesium oxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one made for the Volvo trunk consisted of two layers of carbon fiber infused with iron oxide and magnesium oxide, separated by an insulating layer. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 6 Nov. 2020 That reaction would leave magnesium oxide powder, which when spread thin would rapidly react with CO2 from the atmosphere, re-forming magnesite, completing a cycle that could be repeated over and over. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 3 Sep. 2020 Lime plaster coatings or magnesium oxide boards have to be applied to anything touching hempcrete, or the lime will calcify it and lose its ability to absorb and release water. Adam Popescu, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of magnesium oxide

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Magnesium oxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnesium%20oxide. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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magnesium oxide

noun

Medical Definition of magnesium oxide

: a white highly infusible compound MgO used especially in refractories, cements, insulation, and fertilizers, in rubber manufacture, and in medicine as an antacid and mild laxative

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