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fluor

[floo-awr, -er]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. fluorite.
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Origin of fluor

First recorded in 1615–25, fluor is from the Latin word fluor a flowing; so called from its use as a flux

fluoro-

  1. a combining form with the meanings “fluorine,” “fluoride,” used in the formation of compound words: fluorocarbon.
  2. a combining form with the meaning “fluorescence,” used in the formation of compound words: fluoroscopy.
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Also fluo-; especially before a vowel, fluor-

Origin of fluoro-

From New Latin; see origin at fluor, -o-
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British Dictionary definitions for fluor

fluor

noun
  1. another name for fluorspar
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: a flowing; so called from its use as a metallurgical flux

fluoro-

before a vowel fluor-

combining form
  1. indicating the presence of fluorinefluorocarbon
  2. indicating fluorescencefluoroscope
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Word Origin and History for fluor

n.

16c., and old chemistry term for "minerals which were readily fusible and useful as fluxes in smelting" [Flood], Latin fluor, originally meaning "a flowing, flow" (see fluent). Since 1771 applied to minerals containing fluorine, especially calcium fluoride (fluorspar or fluorite).

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fluor in Medicine

fluoro-

pref.
  1. Fluorine:fluorosis.
  2. Fluorescence:fluoroscope.
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