talc

[talk]
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noun
  1. Also tal·cum [tal-kuh m] /ˈtæl kəm/. a green-to-gray, soft mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, Mg3(Si4O10)(OH)2, unctuous to the touch, and occurring usually in foliated or compact masses, used in making lubricants, talcum powder, electrical insulation, etc.
  2. talcum powder.
verb (used with object), talcked or talced [talkt] /tælkt/, talck·ing or talc·ing [tal-king] /ˈtæl kɪŋ/.
  1. to treat or rub with talc.

Origin of talc

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin talcum < Arabic ṭalq mica < Persian talk
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Related Words for talc

dust, crumb, pounce, grit, particle, seed, grain, meal, film, talc

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British Dictionary definitions for talc

talc

noun Also: talcum
  1. See talcum powder
  2. a white, grey, brown, or pale green mineral, found in metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of talcum powder and electrical insulators. Composition: hydrated magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg 3 Si 4 O 10 (OH) 2 . Crystal structure: monoclinic
verb talcs, talcking, talcked, talcs, talcing or talced
  1. (tr) to apply talc to
Derived Formstalcose or talcous, adjective

Word Origin for talc

C16: from Medieval Latin talcum, from Arabic talq mica, from Persian talk
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Word Origin and History for talc
n.

1580s, from Middle French talc, probably from Spanish talco and Medieval Latin talcum "talc" (ealy 14c.), both from Arabic talq, from Persian talk "talc." "It was applied by the Arab and medieval writers to various transparent, translucent and shining minerals such as talc proper, mica, selenite, etc." [Flood].

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talc in Medicine

talc

[tălk]
n.
  1. A fine-grained white, greenish, or gray mineral, having a soft soapy feel and used in talcum and face powder.talcum
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talc in Science

talc

[tălk]
  1. A very soft white, greenish, or gray monoclinic mineral usually occurring as massive micalike flakes in igneous or metamorphic rocks. It has a soapy texture and is used in face powder and talcum powder, for coating paper, and as a filler in paints and plastics. Chemical formula: Mg3Si4O10(OH)2.
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