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infusorial earth

another name for diatomaceous earth See diatomite
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  • "Frankoline," a mixture of cuprous and ferric chlorides dissolved in strong hydrochloric acid absorbed in infusorial earth.

  • Then infusorial earth was added, to make the compound porous in texture.

  • Nobel, however, had discovered that when nitroglycerin was absorbed in infusorial earth, it was rendered much less sensitive.

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