talcum powder

noun
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

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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 There are fewer studies examining mesothelioma risk due to talcum powder. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 The company filed for chapter 11 protection Wednesday after spending tens of millions of dollars to defend itself against lawsuits alleging its talcum powder causes ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Katy Stech Ferek And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Talc Supplier Files for Bankruptcy," 13 Feb. 2019 Studies of talcum powder not focused on asbestos have found a small increase in risk of ovarian cancer if any risk at all, according to the organization. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Slammed by Concern Over Baby Powder Safety," 17 Dec. 2018 Slemp claimed that Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder were the reason behind her illness and a St. Louis jury ruled in her favor. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Johnson & Johnson Was Ordered to Pay a Record-Setting Verdict [Update]," 16 July 2018 The plaintiffs had claimed that the brand's talcum powder had contributed to each of their ovarian cancer diagnoses, CNN reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Jury Awarded $4.69 Billion to Women Accusing Johnson & Johnson of Contributing to Their Ovarian Cancer," 15 July 2018

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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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talcum powder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of talcum powder

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

talcum powder

noun
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

talcum powder

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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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