What does talc mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. talc, talcum(verb)

    a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder

  2. talc(verb)

    apply talcum powder to (one's body)


  1. talc(Noun)

    A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses.

  2. Origin: From talc, from (talq).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talc(noun)

    a soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. Steatite, or soapstone, is a compact granular variety


  1. Talc

    Talc is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. In loose form, it is the widely used substance known as talcum powder. It occurs as foliated to fibrous masses, and in an exceptionally rare crystal form. It has a perfect basal cleavage, and the folia are non-elastic, although slightly flexible. It is the softest known mineral and listed as 1 on the Mohs hardness scale. It can be easily scratched by a fingernail. It is also sectile. It has a specific gravity of 2.5–2.8, a clear or dusty luster, and is translucent to opaque. Talc is not soluble in water, but it is slightly soluble in dilute mineral acids. Its colour ranges from white to grey or green and it has a distinctly greasy feel. Its streak is white. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed predominantly of talc.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Talc

    talk, n. a mineral occurring in thin flakes, of a white or green colour and a soapy feel.—n. Tal′cite, a massive variety of talc.—adjs. Talc′ky, Tal′cose, Tal′cous, containing, consisting of, or like talc. [Fr. talc (Ger. talk)—Sp. talco—Ar. talq.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Talc

    Finely powdered native hydrous magnesium silicate. It is used as a dusting powder, either alone or with starch or boric acid, for medicinal and toilet preparations. It is also an excipient and filler for pills, tablets, and for dusting tablet molds. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of talc in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of talc in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gene Williams:

    The science supporting the safety of talc has gotten stronger and stronger.

  2. Paradi Mirmirani:

    Dry shampoos use powder, starch, or talc to soak up oil, and none of those ingredients directly impact the ability of follicles to grow new hair.

  3. Adetunji Toriola:

    We know that inflammation increases ovarian cancer risk. We know talcum powder causes inflammation. The question is, does talc cause cancer by causing inflammation in the ovaries?

  4. The EWG Lunder:

    It is really shocking to have had these two reports previously raise attention to the issue( and) have manufacturers pledge to pay more attention and to see there are still products on the shelf that have talc, which is contaminated with asbestos in many cases.

  5. Nicolas Wentzensen:

    Scientific consensus emerges over time, especially in cases like this, where the results have been somewhat inconsistent, while this recent analysis provides additional evidence supporting an association of talc and ovarian cancer, it will be important to test the methods used in this analysis in other data to see if the findings are confirmed.

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