talcum powder

tal·​cum powder | \ ˈtal-kəm- How to pronounce talcum powder (audio) \

Definition of talcum powder

1 : powdered talc
2 : a toilet powder composed of perfumed talc or talc and a mild antiseptic

Examples of talcum powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawsuits have been filed against the company alleging that asbestos in its talcum powder causes cancer. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Retailers are pulling Johnson's baby powder from store shelves," 25 Oct. 2019 The agency plans to test 30 more products containing talcum powder, including those popular on social media and others marketed to children, Ms. Sánchez-Contreras said. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Worry," 18 Oct. 2019 Additionally, this July, a jury in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion to 22 women who sued the company, claiming that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder had contributed to their ovarian cancer. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Johnson & Johnson Issues Voluntary Recall of Baby Powder Over Asbestos Concerns," 18 Oct. 2019 Last year, a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who say Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder gave them ovarian cancer. Teo Armus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland man said an antipsychotic drug caused him to grow breasts. Now, Johnson & Johnson owes him $8 billion," 30 July 2013 The company’s statement followed a Bloomberg report that said the U.S. was pursuing a criminal investigation into whether the company lied about alleged cancer risks tied to talcum powder. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "J&J Says No Developments in Justice Probe Over Baby Powder," 12 July 2019 He was left wondering how did Anand Mahindra know about that one bottle of talcum powder in Guwahati. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "Why billionaire Anand Mahindra spends so much time on Twitter," 30 July 2019 During a hearing Wednesday, lawyers for the world’s largest maker of healthcare products questioned the procedures used by Dr. William Longo, who tested talcum powder for asbestos. Jef Feeley, Los Angeles Times, "J&J targets the science behind thousands of baby powder cancer claims," 24 July 2019 The victory was significant for J&J, which has been vigorously defending dozens of lawsuits across the country alleging cancer from its talcum powder products. Claire Poole Of The Texas Lawbook, Houston Chronicle, "Atlanta law firm inflitrated Houston market one deal at a time," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of talcum powder

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talcum powder

Medieval Latin talcum talc

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The first known use of talcum powder was circa 1890

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29 Nov 2019

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“Talcum powder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talcum. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of talcum powder

: a soft, white powder that is used to make your skin feel dry and smooth

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tal·​cum powder | \ ˈtal-kəm- How to pronounce talcum powder (audio) \

Kids Definition of talcum powder

: a usually perfumed powder for the body made of talc

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Medical Definition of talcum powder

1 : powdered talc
2 : a toilet powder composed of perfumed talc or talc and some mild antiseptic

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