silicon carbide

noun
|Updated on: 1 Jun 2018

Definition of silicon carbide

: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive and as a refractory and in electric resistors

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1893

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silicon carbide

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: a very hard dark crystalline compound SiC of silicon and carbon that is used as an abrasive in dentistry

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