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Pronunciation: ben′ton-īt

Definition: Native colloidal hydrated aluminum silicate; an absorbent clay found in the western U.S.; it is sometimes used to treat diarrhea and skin disorders and was used as a suspending agent in lotions.

[Fort Benton, Montana, + -ite]

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