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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 for calcined

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

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Historical Examples of calcined

  • Where there had been shops and hotels, there were now heaps of rubble and calcined bricks.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • In three hours nothing but calcined bones and ashes are left.

    Foot-prints of Travel

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Three calcined lumps, not wholly consumed, appeared to interest him.

  • It is the disposal of the calcined remains; the ashes of the deceased.

  • It is a most repellent tract of desert just there, calcined and blasted.

British Dictionary definitions for calcined


  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 for calcine

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