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

Examples of talcum powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Covid-19 Vaccines Are Chance at Salvation, Financial and Beyond, for Drug Makers," 13 Oct. 2020 Download the NBC News app for breaking news and alerts Health concerns about talcum powders have prompted thousands of U.S. lawsuits by women who claim that asbestos in the powder caused their cancers. NBC News, "Johnson & Johnson discontinues talc-based baby powder in U.S., Canada amid lawsuits," 19 May 2020 Health concerns about talcum powders have prompted thousands of U.S. lawsuits by women who claim asbestos in the powder caused their cancer. Washington Post, "Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder & cancer," 7 Jan. 2020 For food stains, blot the stain immediately and sprinkle the area with talcum powder, cornstarch, or flour to draw the oil out. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean a Leather Couch, According to an Expert," 23 Mar. 2020 The company's shares plunged last December after a Reuters report alleged that J&J knew about asbestos contamination in talcum powder for decades but failed to alert regulators or consumers. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Johnson & Johnson recalling 33,000 bottles of baby powder for asbestos," 18 Oct. 2019 Smaller studies investigating a possible link between talcum powder and cancer have had conflicting results, though most found no connection. Washington Post, "Big study finds no strong sign linking baby powder & cancer," 7 Jan. 2020 Back then, who knew talcum powder could ignite cancer? Robert Pinsky, The New Yorker, "Beach Glass," 16 Mar. 2020 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

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Talcum powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talcum%20powder. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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talcum powder

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How to pronounce talcum powder (audio)

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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