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

Thus, Ben recommends sticking to shampoos with natural ingredients and cleansers, and straying from those with detergents, like silicone and sulfates. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair," 12 Apr. 2019 Chang suggests treatment options that include silicone gel, steroid injections, and lasers. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Acne Scars—Forever," 21 Jan. 2019 Go Texan Day is as good a day as any to celebrate the state that has given the world Willie Nelson, silicone breast implants, Dr Pepper, and Whataburger. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "40 photos that will fill you with Texas pride on Go Texan Day," 22 Feb. 2018 The tingling formula promises to absorb excess oil with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves from Japan, and organic community-trade tea tree oil from Kenya — and without parabens, paraffin, silicone, or mineral oil. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Body Shop’s Charcoal Mask Is Sold Once Every 15 Seconds," 18 May 2019 Thanks to their stay-cool curved handles that are outfitted with soft-grip silicone, this line was one of the most comfortable to cook with in our test. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Product Experts," 1 Mar. 2019 An e-commerce page features links to a copper tongue scraper, a silicone menstrual cup, and two different types of natural toothpaste. Justine Harman, Glamour, "These Self-Help Gurus Might Not Have Have Formal Training—But They Promise to Change Your Life," 20 Dec. 2018 With 28 different silicone straps, a colorful array of options finishes off the look of the lightest smartwatch to date while embracing touch-screen sport smartness in style. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Fossil Sport Touchscreen Smartwatch," 14 Nov. 2018 There’s also a wide range of silicone straps (28 in total) that are interchangeable and water-resistant. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Fossil Sport Smartwatch debuts with new Wear 3100 chip and Wear OS," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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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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