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

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Chalk paint is much thicker and is made from ingredients like calcium carbonate, talc, and pigment. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So What Exactly is Milk Paint?," 27 Mar. 2019 At least 11,700 lawsuits against the company claim that use of J&J’s talc products caused cancer. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Expects Sales Growth to Slow," 22 Jan. 2019 Protect against sweat and bad vibes with Myro’s unisex aluminum-, paraben-, and talc-free deodorants that release surprising scents like jasmine, lavender, and vetiver. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019 The iron oxides provide the color and the talc provides the texture, according to a 2017 Inverse article that analyzed the ingredients. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 The company is facing major legal liability over the safety of its talc-containing powders such as Johnson’s Baby Powder. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Expects Sales Growth to Slow," 22 Jan. 2019 According to the listing, the ingredients include a propellant, alcohol, iron oxides, talc, and fumed silica. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 Johnson's Baby Powder, which is formulated with the controversial ingredient talc, was listed as one of the products from the company that allegedly led to Slemp's illness. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Johnson & Johnson Was Ordered to Pay a Record-Setting Verdict [Update]," 16 July 2018 Other companies, including Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Proctor & Gamble Co., have also been accused of allowing asbestos to contaminate talc in their cosmetic products. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, "J&J Jury Set to Weigh Banker's Claims Baby Powder Caused Cancer," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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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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