silica gel

noun

Definition of silica gel 

: colloidal silica resembling coarse white sand in appearance but possessing many fine pores and therefore extremely adsorbent

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The muscle is made by mixing a liquid silica gel with alcohol. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Robotic muscle and sensitive polymer fingers in Columbia University’s robotics labs," 21 Mar. 2018 Place the flower head upright then gently pour silica gel around the outside of the flower. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to create festive and free holiday decorations straight from your garden," 4 Nov. 2017 Some gardeners like to ensure dry storage conditions by adding a small pouch of silica gel or dry milk to the container. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cooler weather can give eggplants boost they need," 23 Sep. 2017

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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silica gel

noun

Medical Definition of silica gel 

: colloidal silica resembling coarse white sand in appearance but possessing many fine pores and therefore extremely adsorbent

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