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zinc ointment

  

      n   a medicinal ointment consisting of zinc oxide, petrolatum, and paraffin, used to treat certain skin diseases  
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zinc  
      n  
1    a brittle bluish-white metallic element that becomes coated with a corrosion-resistant layer in moist air and occurs chiefly in sphalerite and smithsonite. It is a constituent of several alloys, esp. brass and nickel-silver, and is used in die-casting, galvanizing metals, and in battery electrodes. Symbol: Zn; atomic no.: 30; atomic wt.: 65.39; valency: 2; relative density: 7.133; melting pt.: 419.58°C; boiling pt.: 907°C  
2    Informal   corrugated galvanized iron  
     (C17: from German Zink, perhaps from Zinke prong, from its jagged appearance in the furnace)  
  zincic, zincous, zincoid      adj  
  zincky, zincy, zinky      adj  


zinc blende  
      n      another name for       sphalerite  
zinc chloride  
      n   a white odourless soluble poisonous granular solid used in manufacturing parchment paper and vulcanized fibre and in preserving wood. It is also a soldering flux, embalming agent, and a medical astringent and antiseptic. Formula: ZnCl2,   (Also called)    butter of zinc  
zinc ointment  
      n   a medicinal ointment consisting of zinc oxide, petrolatum, and paraffin, used to treat certain skin diseases  
zinc oxide  
      n   a white insoluble powder used as a pigment in paints (zinc white or Chinese white), cosmetics, glass, and printing inks. It is an antiseptic and astringent and is used in making zinc ointment. Formula: ZnO,   (Also called)    flowers of zinc, philosophers wool  
zinc sulphate  
      n   a colourless soluble crystalline substance usually existing as the heptahydrate or monohydrate: used as a mordant, in preserving wood and skins, and in the electrodeposition of zinc. Formula: ZnSO4,   (Also called)    white vitriol, zinc vitriol  
zinc white  
      n      another name for       Chinese white  

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exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
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