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ˈkæl si əmcal·ci·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calcium, Ca, atomic number 20noun

    a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals


  1. calciumnoun

    A chemical element, atomic number 20, that is an alkaline earth metal and occurs naturally as carbonate in limestone and as silicate in many rocks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calciumnoun

    an elementary substance; a metal which combined with oxygen forms lime. It is of a pale yellow color, tenacious, and malleable. It is a member of the alkaline earth group of elements. Atomic weight 40. Symbol Ca

    Etymology: [NL., from L. calx, calcis, lime; cf F. calcium. See Calx.]


  1. Calcium

    Calcium is the chemical element with symbol Ca and atomic number 20. Calcium is a soft gray alkaline earth metal, and is the fifth-most-abundant element by mass in the Earth's crust. Calcium is also the fifth-most-abundant dissolved ion in seawater by both molarity and mass, after sodium, chloride, magnesium, and sulfate. Calcium is essential for living organisms, in particular in cell physiology, where movement of the calcium ion Ca2+ into and out of the cytoplasm functions as a signal for many cellular processes. As a major material used in mineralization of bone, teeth and shells, calcium is the most abundant metal by mass in many animals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calcium

    kal′si-um, n. the metal present in chalk, stucco, and other compounds of lime.—adjs. Cal′cic, containing calcium; Cal′cific, calcifying or calcified.—v.i. Cal′cificā′tion, the process of calcifying, a changing into lime.—adjs. Cal′ciform, like chalk, pebbly; Calcif′ugous, avoiding limestone.—v.t. and v.i. Cal′cify, to make calcic: to turn into bony tissue.—adjs. Calcig′enous, forming lime; Calcig′erous, containing lime.—n. Cal′cimine, a white or tinted wash for ceilings, walls, &c., consisting of whiting, with glue, &c.—v.t. to wash with such.—adj. Cal′cinable, capable of being calcined.—n. Calcinā′tion.—v.t. Cal′cine, or Calcine′, to reduce to a calx or chalky powder by the action of heat, to burn to ashes.—v.i. to become a calx or powder by heat.—ns. Cal′cite, native calcium carbonate, or carbonate of lime—also called Calcā′reous spar and Calc′spar; Calc′-sin′ter, Calc′-tuff, Tra′vertin, a porous deposit from springs or rivers which in flowing through limestone rocks have become charged with calcium carbonate. [Formed from L. calx, chalk.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Calcium

    A basic element found in nearly all organized tissues. It is a member of the alkaline earth family of metals with the atomic symbol Ca, atomic number 20, and atomic weight 40. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and combines with phosphorus to form calcium phosphate in the bones and teeth. It is essential for the normal functioning of nerves and muscles and plays a role in blood coagulation (as factor IV) and in many enzymatic processes.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    An earthly light that brightens even the stars.

Editors Contribution

  1. calcium

    A type of mineral and element.

    Calcium is essential for living organisms.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2017  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'calcium' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3516

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    Rank popularity for the word 'calcium' in Nouns Frequency: #2611

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calcium in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calcium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of calcium in a Sentence

  1. Anna Callan:

    Because cadmium is present in so many food types, there is no simple way to reduce dietary exposure, the best advice is to follow a balanced and varied diet and to eat low-fat dairy foods as a source of calcium to help build strong bones.

  2. John Zhu:

    Water is just like wine, the sources and minerals determine the taste, if the water has a lot of calcium, it tastes sweet and chalky. If it's rich in magnesium, it tastes metallic. If it contains sodium, it tastes salty.

  3. Frank Lipman:

    It will provide your body with hydrating electrolytes in the form of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, we get dehydrated overnight as the body takes care of its detoxification processes, so it's important to hydrate and replenish first thing.

  4. Charlsa Bentley:

    I faithfully chewed those calcium supplements, and then a study said they didn't do any good at all, it's hard to know what's effective and what's not.

  5. Kristine Arthur:

    For general muscle aches, food containing magnesium or calcium may help ease soreness.

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