\ 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

Other Words from talc

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

Examples of talc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soapstone is a metamorphic rock, composed mostly of the mineral talc, and has been used for carving for thousands of years. oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2022 There's been a reduction in the use of talc — a controversial mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, used in powder to absorb oil — and an integration of hydrators, like squalane. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 1 Feb. 2022 The latest Texas two-stepper is Johnson & Johnson, which has used the maneuver to partially protect itself from claims related to talc baby powder. Nr Editors, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Free of talc, fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, and sulfates, the foundation likely won't upset delicate skin. Kayla Hui, Health.com, 21 Jan. 2022 The brilliance lies in its formula, which uses tapioca starch (natural and sans talc) to help absorb oil, and persimmon powder to deodorize hair as if it’s been washed. Julie Tong, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2021 The company’s stock has been hammered as its North American talc operations have been part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process amid numerous asbestos injury lawsuits related to allegedly tainted Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Aaron Kirchfeld, Bloomberg.com, 25 Jan. 2022 The company is juggling lawsuits for its role in the opioid epidemic and over accusations that the talc once used in its baby powder had caused cancer in some customers. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 The move comes as the firm is battling thousands of lawsuits alleging its talc products, including baby powder, caused cancer. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Talc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talc. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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


\ 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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