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calamine

[kal-uh-mahyn, -min] /ˈkæl əˌmaɪn, -mɪn/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Mineralogy, hemimorphite.
3.
Chiefly British, smithsonite (def 1).
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin calamīna, unexplained alteration of Latin cadmia cadmium; see -ine1
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Examples for calamine
  • 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.
  • To relieve itching, apply calamine lotion to the affected area.
  • Apply wet compresses, calamine lotion, or hydrocortisone cream to the skin to reduce itching and blistering.
  • calamine lotion or antihistamine medications might reduce itching.
  • calamine lotion can be used to help soothe the itchy rash.
  • calamine lotion and oatmeal baths may help relieve some of the itching.
  • Wet compresses followed by calamine lotion may be helpful for mild rashes.
  • If itching continues, apply calamine lotion as directed.
  • Wet compresses, taking a cool bath, and applying calamine lotion will help sooth the rash.
British Dictionary definitions for calamine

calamine

/ˈkæləˌmaɪn/
noun
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) another name for smithsonite, hemimorphite
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin calamīna, from Latin cadmīa; see cadmium
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Word Origin and History for calamine
n.

zinc carbonate; zinc silicate, 1590s, from French calamine, from Old French calemine, chalemine (13c.), from Medieval Latin calamina, corrupted by alchemists from Latin cadmia "zinc ore," from Greek kadmeia (see cadmium). Or possibly the Medieval Latin word is from Latin calamus "reed," in reference to the mineral's shape.

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calamine in Medicine

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

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