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

ignite, incinerate, light, torch, melt, char, heat, blaze, smolder, scorch, sear, flicker, combust, bake, rekindle, toast, scald, flash, parch, singe

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British Dictionary definitions for calcine


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

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin calcināre to heat, from Latin calx lime
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calcine 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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