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[kalks] /kælks/
noun, plural calxes, calces
[kal-seez] /ˈkæl siz/ (Show IPA)
the oxide or ashy substance that remains after metals, minerals, etc., have been thoroughly roasted or burned.
lime1 (def 1).
Origin of calx
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English < Latin: lime; replacing Middle English cals < Old French < Latin Unabridged
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noun (pl) calxes, calces (ˈkælsiːz)
the powdery metallic oxide formed when an ore or mineral is roasted
another name for calcium oxide
(anatomy) the heel
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: lime, from Greek khalix pebble
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calx in Medicine

calx (kālks)
n. pl. calx·es or cal·ces (kāl'sēz')

  1. The crumbly residue left after a mineral or metal has been calcined or roasted.

  2. The posterior rounded extremity of the foot; the heel.

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