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
Recent Examples on the Web Mousse may seem complicated, but the process is fairly straightforward and produces great results with basic kitchen tools—a hand mixer, mixing bowls, and a good spatula with a silicone or rubber blade. Eric Velasco, al, "2 Valentine’s Day dessert recipes to make at home," 13 Feb. 2020 Because silicone picks up contaminants like chemicals, wristbands made from the material have been used in other studies tracking chemical exposures, the authors noted. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Side effect of long commutes: Car seat carcinogens," 7 Feb. 2020 On the no-fly list are parabens, sulfates, silicones and drying alcohols. NBC News, "How I'm learning to stop worrying and love my curls," 25 Jan. 2020 These picks go above and beyond: John Frieda’s Dry Oil nourishes dry ends with acai and avocado oil, while Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum uses weightless silicones to stop frizz in its tracks. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Hair Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 Transfer turkey to a reusable silicone sous-vide bag or resealable plastic bag, laying breasts end-to-end so the thin side of one is against the thick side of the other. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The sous-vide machine to the rescue," 20 Nov. 2019 Transfer clementines to a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat and bake at 200°F, turning twice, until dried, about 2 hours. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Olive Oil-Clementine Cake," 14 Nov. 2019 Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: How to make Jessica Battilana’s apple turnovers," 27 Sep. 2019 This durable and BPA-Free Tritan pitcher features an airtight lid and non-slip silicone handle that keeps your hands safe. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 best Valentine's Day gifts for everyone on your list 2020," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Silicone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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