carbide

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carbide   (kär'bīd')  Pronunciation Key 
A chemical compound consisting of carbon and a more electropositive element, such as calcium or tungsten. Many carbides, especially those made of carbon and a metal, are very hard and are used to make cutting tools and abrasives.
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