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.
Origin of zinc oxide
First recorded in 1840–50
Also called flowers of zinc, zinc white.
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British Dictionary definitions for flowers of zinc
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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Medicine definitions for flowers of zinc
An amorphous white or yellowish powder used as a pigment and in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
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Science definitions for flowers of zinc
A white or yellowish powdery compound used in paints and in various medicines and skin cosmetics. Chemical formula: ZnO.
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