alumina

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alumina   (ə-l'mə-nə)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several forms of aluminum oxide used in aluminum production and in abrasives, refractories, ceramics, and electrical insulation. Alumina occurs naturally as the mineral corundum and, with minor traces of chromium and cobalt, as the minerals ruby and sapphire, respectively. In its hydrated form it also occurs as the rock bauxite. Also called aluminum oxide. Chemical formula: Al2O3.
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