Definition of zinc
: a bluish-white metallic element that is ductile when pure but in the commercial form is brittle at ordinary temperatures and becomes ductile on slight heating, occurs abundantly in minerals, is an essential micronutrient for both plants and animals, and is used especially in alloys and as a protective coating in galvanizing iron and steel — see element table
Recent Examples of zinc from the Web
Founded by surfers, Pacifica uses safe and sustainable ingredients; zinc oxide is the UV-deflector here.
Also fertilize three times per year with foliar micronutrients that include magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
The Franklin Mineral Museum tells the story of the Franklin zinc mine in Sussex County.
Other readers have found relief from hemorrhoid pain with witch hazel or zinc oxide.
The micronutrients (or trace elements) are used in very tiny amounts and include boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc.
Rheinzink, a 100% recyclable zinc material, defines the roofline of the home.
Nutrients (especially choline, folic acid, zinc, iron and special fats like omega-3 DHA) actually can modify gene structure and expression, effecting brain growth and development.
Although more research is needed, the group says consumers should look for three things: an SPF between 30 and 50 to protect from UVB rays, zinc oxide and titanium oxide to ward off UVA rays, and no oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
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Origin and Etymology of zinc
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First Known Use of zinc
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Definition of zinc for English Language Learners
: a bluish-white metal that is very common and is used especially to make brass and as a protective coating for things made of iron and steel
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Definition of zinc for Students
: a bluish white metal that tarnishes only slightly in moist air and is used mostly to make alloys and to give iron and steel a protective coating
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