zinc sulfide


: a fluorescent white to yellowish compound ZnS used especially as a white pigment and a phosphor

Examples of zinc sulfide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, scientists have been doing studies like this since the 1960s, releasing tracers such as zinc sulfide powder or sulfur hexafluoride gas into the stratosphere to study air currents. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 Now that the ship is out of water, those nanoparticles—namely zinc sulfide—are oxidizing and becoming acidic, reports Ars Technica. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2021 Surrounding this core is an intermediate unreactive layer, for example a zinc sulfide shell. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zinc sulfide was in 1851

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“Zinc sulfide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinc%20sulfide. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

zinc sulfide

: a white to yellowish compound used especially as a white coloring matter

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