zinc oxide


noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

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.

Origin of zinc oxide

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for flowers of zinc

zinc oxide

noun

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: ZnOAlso called: flowers of zinc, philosopher's wool
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Medical definitions for flowers of zinc

zinc oxide

n.

An amorphous white or yellowish powder used as a pigment and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
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Scientific definitions for flowers of zinc

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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