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 Satterley said Prudencio stopped using talcum powder at age 16 but continued to be exposed to it because two younger siblings used it. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 Much of this underperformance can be attributed to its talcum powder litigation, as well as slower growth in the company’s revenue-per-share. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 July 2021 It has been ordered to pay millions in courts that have found products such as its talcum powder and hip implants to be harmful. BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2021 There have been tens of thousands of lawsuits brought against J&J and other talcum powder companies. Jen Christensen, CNN, 1 June 2021 Horowitz was notoriously demanding, but Mr. Englander accommodated his requests, down to covering the stage in talcum powder to prevent squeaking from the slipper-wearing camera crew. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 James’ most famous pregame ritual over the course of his career has been his signature talcum powder throw. cleveland, 25 Jan. 2021 For many of today’s active grandparents — who feel anything but old and stodgy — the terms Grandma and Grandpa have the decidedly unhip whiff of talcum powder, blue hair rinse and dentures. Laurie Yarnell, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2020 In recent years, its reputation has been battered by accusations that products like its artificial hips and talcum powder have harmed customers. David Gelles, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2020

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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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4 Sep 2021

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“Talcum powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talcum%20powder. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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