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Medical Term:

talc

Pronunciation: talk

Definition: Native hydrous magnesium silicate, sometimes containing small proportions of aluminum silicate, purified by boiling powdered talc with hydrochloric acid in water; used in pharmacy as a filter aid, as a dusting powder, and in cosmetic preparations.

Synonym(s): French chalk, soapstone, talcum

[Ar. talq]

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