talcum powder

tal·cum powder | \ˈtal-kəm- \

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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Sprinkle talcum powder along the cracks and work in with a knife. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015 The science on a link between talcum powder and cancer is uncertain. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 The latest verdict is the first in a string of personal-injury trials testing some plaintiffs’ theory that asbestos in J&J’s signature talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 How dangerous is the talcum powder in our products? Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018 Yesterday, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women who said using the company's talcum powder for feminine hygiene caused ovarian cancer. refinery29.com, "Johnson & Johnson Owes $4.69 Billion In Another Ovarian Cancer Case," 13 July 2018 Image Johnson & Johnson was ordered Thursday to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Told to Pay $4.7 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuit," 12 July 2018 The jury awarded $550 million and later added $4.14 billion in punitive damages against the company for allegedly failing to warn that its talcum powder raised the risk of ovarian cancer. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 Toni Roberts, 61, believes the company's talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer, and a jury in Missouri agreed. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson still battling thousands of cases involving its talcum powder," 13 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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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- \

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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