talc

noun
\ ˈtalk How to pronounce talc (audio) \

Definition of talc

1 : a very soft mineral that is a basic silicate of magnesium, has a soapy feel, and is used especially in making talcum powder

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Other Words from talc

talcose \ ˈtal-​ˌkōs How to pronounce talcose (audio) \ adjective

Examples of talc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The court overseeing the bankruptcy of Imerys, for example, appointed plaintiffs to represent cancer victims with claims against the talc supplier. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "Why companies file for bankruptcy – and how it protects both debtors and creditors," 29 Aug. 2019 In early 2019, eye shadow and contour palettes marketed to girls from Claire’s stores were recalled after the FDA found asbestos contamination during routine talc monitoring. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 There are the obvious natural culprits to steer clear of, like talc (see Ingredients to Avoid), and then there are products to be wary of, like clay, which may be contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 There were small houses—possibly the homes of former laborers at the defunct talc mine nearby—but no sign of life, except for the crows pecking along the street and around the trunk of a sagging linden. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 Not to mention natural ingredients like talc (with its asbestos concerns) and sodium coco sulfate (molecularly similar to sodium lauryl sulfate, even though it's derived from coconuts instead of petroleum) can be toxic. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Clean Hair Care Is Hard—But Not Impossible," 12 Aug. 2019 The criminal probe, which hasn’t been reported previously, coincides with a regulatory investigation and civil claims by thousands of cancer patients that J&J’s Baby Powder talc was responsible for their illnesses. Washington Post, "VW, Ford join in broad robocar partnership," 13 July 2019 Nordstrom’s natural beauty and wellness department is stocked with beauty products and supplements free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, and talc. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where To Shop for Organic and Natural Beauty Products," 12 Aug. 2019 Last month, a California jury ordered J&J and Colgate-Palmolive Co. to pay about $10 million to a dying woman who said asbestos in their talc products caused her cancer. latimes.com, "J&J gets a new trial after jury awards $417 million in talc case," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of talc

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talc

French, from Middle French talk, from Medieval Latin talc, talcum, from Arabic ṭalq

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17 Oct 2019

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The first known use of talc was in 1610

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talc

noun
\ ˈtalk How to pronounce talc (audio) \

Kids Definition of talc

: a soft mineral that has a soapy feel and is used especially in making talcum powder

talc

noun
\ ˈtalk How to pronounce talc (audio) \

Medical Definition of talc

: a very soft mineral Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 that is a basic silicate of magnesium, has a soapy feel, and is used especially in making talcum powder

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