An astringent made from zinc carbonate or zinc oxide, usually used in lotion form to treat skin problems that cause itching or discomfort.
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Zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide or basic zinc carbonate suitably colored with ferric oxide; used in dusting powders, lotions, and ointments, as a mild astringent and protective agent for skin disorders. [Mediev. L. calamina, fr. L. cadmia, fr. G. kadmia, Theban (earth), fr. Kadmos, founder of Thebes]

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cal·a·mine 'kal-ə-.mīn, -mən n a mixture of zinc oxide or zinc carbonate with a small amount of ferric oxide that is used in lotions, liniments, and ointments

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a preparation of zinc carbonate used as a mild astringent on the skin in the form of a lotion, cream, or ointment.

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cal·a·mine (kalґə-mīn)1. [USP] a pink powder used as a mild astringent and skin protectant, consisting of zinc oxide with a small proportion of ferric oxide; applied topically. 2. a similar preparation containing zinc carbonate instead of zinc oxide.

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(in a mineral state)

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  • calamine — [ kalamin ] n. f. • 1390; calemine XIIIe; bas lat. calamina, de cadmia → cadmie 1 ♦ Minér. Silicate hydraté naturel de zinc. Techn. Minerai de zinc (mélange de carbonate et d autres composés). 2 ♦ Résidu de la combustion d un carburant qui se… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Calamine — Cal a*mine (k[a^]l [.a]*m[imac]n or m[i^]n), n. [F. calamine, LL. calamina, fr. L. Cadmia. See {Cadmia}.] (min.) A mineral, the hydrous silicate of zinc. [1913 Webster] Note: The name was formerly applied to both the carbonate and silicate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calamine — zinc carbonate; zinc silicate, 1590s, from Fr. calamine, from O.Fr. calemine, CHALEMINE (Cf. chalemine) (13c.), from M.L. calamina, corrupted by alchemists from L. cadmia zinc ore, from Gk. kadmeia (see CADMIUM (Cf. cadmium)). Or possibly the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • calamine — [kal′ə mīn΄, kal′əmin, kal′əmēn΄] n. [Fr < ML calamina < L cadmia, calamine, zinc ore: see CADMIUM] 1. HEMIMORPHITE 2. a pink powder consisting of zinc oxide mixed with a small amount of ferric oxide, used in lotions and ointments for skin… …   English World dictionary

  • calamine — ► NOUN ▪ a pink powder consisting of zinc carbonate and ferric oxide, used to make a soothing lotion or ointment. ORIGIN Latin calamina, from Greek kadmeia g Cadmean earth , from the name of Cadmus, the legendary founder of Thebes …   English terms dictionary

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  • Calamine — This article is about the chemical mixture. For other uses, see Calamine (disambiguation). Calamine is a mixture of zinc oxide (ZnO) with about 0.5% ferric oxide (Fe2O3). It is the main ingredient in calamine lotion and is used as an antipruritic …   Wikipedia

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  • calamine — [[t]kæ̱ləmaɪn[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Calamine is a liquid that you can put on your skin when it is sore or itchy. ...calamine lotion …   English dictionary

  • calamine — adj. Calamine is used with these nouns: ↑lotion …   Collocations dictionary

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