\ 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 talc (audio) \ adjective

Examples of talc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scents of violets, citrus and chrysanthemum tea swirled from the glass as lemon, talc and McIntosh apple flavors occupied the palate. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Champagnes we deserve as we kick 2020 to the curb," 22 Dec. 2020 The company denies its products cause the life-threatening illnesses or that its talc was tainted by asbestos. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, "J&J Gets $325 Million Talc Verdict Slashed by New York Judge," 20 Nov. 2020 Missouri’s highest court on Tuesday refused to consider Johnson & Johnson’s appeal of a $2.12 billion damages award to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in its baby powder and other talc products. Washington Post, "Johnson & Johnson loses appeal of $2.2 billion verdict in ovarian cancer case," 3 Nov. 2020 The vegan formula includes Fulvic Acid, which restores the hair’s microbiome, and Rice and Tapioca Powders that absorbs oil better than talc can. Akili King, Vogue, "14 of the Best Dry Shampoos to Stock Up on this Season," 29 Sep. 2020 Put one half teaspoon cornstarch in the palm of your hand (do not use talc). Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Where are the salad bars?," 13 Aug. 2020 Silly name aside, the Lady Anti Monkey Butt talc-free powder means business. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "10 incredible products that help prevent chafe," 30 July 2020 The company reported a 15 percent jump in talc suits in its most recent regulatory filing. Riley Griffin, BostonGlobe.com, "J&J talc phaseout seen as possible prelude to settling lawsuits," 20 May 2020 Talc is often mined near asbestos, but since the 1970s, talc used in all consumer products has been required to be asbestos-free. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder," 20 May 2020

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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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Last Updated

31 Dec 2020

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“Talc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talc. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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\ 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


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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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