silica

[ sil-i-kuh ]
/ ˈsɪl ɪ kə /

noun

the dioxide form of silicon, SiO2, occurring especially as quartz sand, flint, and agate: used usually in the form of its prepared white powder chiefly in the manufacture of glass, water glass, ceramics, and abrasives.

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Also called silicon dioxide.

Origin of silica

1795–1805; <New Latin, derivative of Latin silexsilex
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British Dictionary definitions for silica

silica
/ (ˈsɪlɪkə) /

noun

the dioxide of silicon, occurring naturally as quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite. It is a refractory insoluble material used in the manufacture of glass, ceramics, and abrasives
short for silica glass

Word Origin for silica

C19: New Latin, from Latin: silex
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Medical definitions for silica

silica
[ sĭlĭ-kə ]

n.

A crystalline compound occurring abundantly as quartz, sand, and many other minerals and used to manufacture a variety of materials, especially glass and concrete.
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Scientific definitions for silica

silica
[ sĭlĭ-kə ]

A chemical compound that is the main constituent of most of the Earth's rocks. Silica occurs naturally in five crystalline forms (quartz, tridymite, cristobalite, coesite, and stishovite), in a cryptocrystalline form (chalcedony), and in an amorphous form (opal). It is also the main chemical compound in sand. Silica is used to make glass, concrete, and other materials. Also called silicon dioxide. Chemical formula: SiO2.
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