a white or yellowish-white, amorphous, odorless, water-insoluble powder, ZnO, used chiefly as a paint pigment, in cosmetics, dental cements, matches, white printing inks, and opaque glass, and in medicine in the treatment of skin conditions.
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- Also called flowers of zinc, zinc white .
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How to use zinc oxide in a sentence
At night an ointment of zinc oxide may be applied over a painting of "black wash" (to be obtained at drug stores).The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
In the case of brass or zinc, the metals will be covered with a coat of zinc oxide before they reach a welding heat.Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting | Harold P. Manly
Alkaline baths are also useful, and may advantageously be followed by dusting-powders of starch and zinc oxide.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Calcium oxide is also good but zinc oxide must be used sparingly as it is apt to suffer if overfired.The Potter's Craft | Charles F. Binns
This is sometimes more efficient if zinc oxide, six to eight drachms, is added.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
British Dictionary definitions for zinc oxide
a white insoluble powder used as a pigment in paints (zinc white or Chinese white), cosmetics, glass, and printing inks. It is an antiseptic and astringent and is used in making zinc ointment. Formula: ZnO: Also called: flowers of zinc, philosopher's wool
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Scientific definitions for zinc oxide
A white or yellowish powdery compound used in paints and in various medicines and skin cosmetics. Chemical formula: ZnO.
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