zeolite

noun
ze·​o·​lite | \ ˈzē-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce zeolite (audio) \

Definition of zeolite

: any of various hydrous silicates that are analogous in composition to the feldspars, occur as secondary minerals in cavities of lavas, and can act as ion-exchangers also : any of various natural or synthesized silicates of similar structure used especially in water softening and as adsorbents and catalysts

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Other Words from zeolite

zeolitic \ ˌzē-​ə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce zeolitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of zeolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers around the world are already studying zeolites and other materials to convert methane to methanol, a valuable feedstock for the chemical industry. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "To Fight Climate Change, We Should Actually Add Carbon Dioxide to the Atmosphere," 31 July 2019 Beyond their versatility, MOFs’ great promise lies with their phenomenally large pores: the surface area inside is almost 10 times that of porous zeolites. Donna J. Nelson, Scientific American, "Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air," 26 June 2017 Shares in Qingdao Huicheng Environmental Technology, which produces rare earth zeolites, rose by 10% — the maximum allowed on the Shenzhen stock exchange. Laura He, CNN, "Rare earth stocks surge as China seeks greater control of supply," 28 June 2019 Deputy artistic director of the brand Charlotte Macaux Perelman transformed the interior with structures made of 150,000 zeolite tiles from Morocco, which apparently took 3 weeks to create. Natalie Shirinian, Vogue, "9 of the Most Mesmerizing Installations at Salone del Mobile 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 The third step was made possible by the researchers’ discovery of a new class of catalysts: phosphorus zeolite. Nathan Dicamillo, Newsweek, "New Eco-Friendly, Renewable Tires Stretch the Boundaries of Rubber Production," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of zeolite

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zeolite

Swedish zeolit, from Greek zein to boil + -o- + Swedish -lit -lite, from French -lite — more at yeast

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6 Nov 2019

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“Zeolite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeolite. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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zeolite

noun
ze·​o·​lite | \ ˈzē-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce zeolite (audio) \

Medical Definition of zeolite

: any of various hydrous silicates that can act as ion exchangers also : any of various natural or synthesized silicates of similar structure used in water softening and as adsorbents

Other Words from zeolite

zeolitic \ ˌzē-​ə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce zeolitic (audio) \ adjective

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