a grayish-black, lumpy, crystalline powder, CaC2, usually derived from coke or anthracite by reaction with limestone or quicklime: used chiefly for the generation of acetylene, which it yields upon decomposing in water.
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- calcium antagonist,
- calcium arsenate,
- calcium blocker,
- calcium carbonate,
- calcium channel blocker,
- calcium chloride,
- calcium cyanamide,
- calcium cyanide
Origin of calcium carbide
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called carbide.
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a grey salt of calcium used in the production of acetylene (by its reaction with water) and calcium cyanamide. Formula: CaC 2Sometimes shortened to: carbide
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