[kal-sahyn, -sin]
verb (used without object), cal·cined, cal·cin·ing.
  1. to be converted into calx by heating or burning.
  1. material resulting from calcination; calx.

Origin of calcine

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin calcināre to heat, orig. used by alchemists
Related formscal·cin·a·ble [kal-suh-nuh-buh l] /ˈkæl sə nə bəl/, adjectivecal·ci·na·tion [kal-suh-ney-shuh n] /ˌkæl səˈneɪ ʃən/, nouncal·ci·na·tor [kal-suh-ney-ter] /ˈkæl səˌneɪ tər/, nouncal·cin·a·to·ry [kal-sin-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, kal-sin-uh-] /kælˈsɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈkæl sɪn ə-/, adjective, nounsem·i·cal·cined, adjectiveun·cal·cined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calcination


  1. (tr) to heat (a substance) so that it is oxidized, reduced, or loses water
  2. (intr) to oxidize as a result of heating
Derived Formscalcination (ˌkælsɪˈneɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for calcine

C14: from Medieval Latin calcināre to heat, from Latin calx lime
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calcination in Medicine


[kăl-sīn, kălsīn]
  1. To heat a substance to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point, causing loss of moisture, reduction, or oxidation and the decomposition of carbonates and other compounds.
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calcination in Science


  1. The process of heating a substance to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point, causing loss of moisture, reduction or oxidation, and dissociation into simpler substances. The term was originally applied to the method of driving off carbon dioxide from limestone to obtain lime (calcium oxide). Calcination is also used to extract metals from ores.
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