silicone

noun

sil·​i·​cone ˈsi-lə-ˌkōn How to pronounce silicone (audio)
: 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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Word History

Etymology

silicon + -one

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silicone was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Silicone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silicone. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

silicone

noun
sil·​i·​cone ˈsil-ə-ˌkōn How to pronounce silicone (audio)
: any of various silicon compounds that contain carbon and hydrogen, are obtained as oily or greasy substances or plastics, and are used especially for water-resistant and heat-resistant lubricants and varnishes

Medical Definition

silicone

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