[kal-uh-mahyn, -min]
a pink, water-insoluble powder consisting of zinc oxide and about 0.5 percent ferric oxide, used in ointments, lotions, or the like, for the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the skin.
Mineralogy, hemimorphite.
Chiefly British, smithsonite ( def 1 ).

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin calamīna, unexplained alteration of Latin cadmia cadmium; see -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To calamine
World English Dictionary
calamine (ˈkæləˌmaɪn)
1.  a pink powder consisting of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, (iron(III) oxide), used medicinally in the form of soothing lotions or ointments
2.  (US) smithsonite another name for hemimorphite
[C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin calamīna, from Latin cadmīa; see cadmium]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1590s, from Fr. calamine, from O.Fr. calemine, 'chalemine (13c.), from M.L. calamina, corrupted by alchemists from L. cadmia "zinc ore," from Gk. kadmeia (see cadmium).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

calamine cal·a·mine (kāl'ə-mīn', -mĭn)
A pink, odorless, tasteless powder of zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide, dissolved in mineral oils and used in skin lotions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Apply calamine lotion to the affected area, and then ice.
Calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream can be applied to the skin to reduce
  itching and blistering.
Apply wet compresses, calamine lotion, or hydrocortisone cream to the skin to
  reduce itching and blistering.
Calamine lotion or antihistamine medications might reduce itching.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature