dusting powder


a powder used on the skin, especially to relieve irritation or absorb moisture.

Origin of dusting powder

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for dusting-powder

  • A dusting-powder, consisting of boracic acid with 5 per cent.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Iodol may also be applied to ulcers as a dusting-powder, usually mixed with one to several parts of zinc oxide or boric acid.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon

British Dictionary definitions for dusting-powder



fine powder (such as talcum powder) used to absorb moisture, etc
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