sil·​i·​cone | \ ˈsi-lə-ˌkōn How to pronounce silicone (audio) \

Definition of silicone

: any of various polymeric organic silicon compounds obtained as oils, greases, or plastics and used especially for water-resistant and heat-resistant lubricants, varnishes, binders, and electric insulators

Examples of silicone in a Sentence

a prosthesis made of silicone
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First Known Use of silicone

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silicone

silicon + -one

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The first known use of silicone was in 1943

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15 Jan 2020

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“Silicone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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sil·​i·​cone | \ ˈsil-ə-ˌkōn How to pronounce silicone (audio) \

Medical Definition of silicone

: any of various polymeric organic silicon compounds which are obtained as oils, greases, or plastics and some of which have been used as surgical implants

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