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calamine

1. a pink powder consisting of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, (iron(III) oxide), used medicinally in the form of soothing lotions or ointments
2. US another name for smithsonite, hemimorphite

Calamine

 

hemimorphite, a mineral from the group of zinc hydrosilicates; chemical composition, Zn4[Si2O7] [OH]2 ⋅ H2. Contains 67.5 percent ZnO.

Calamine crystallizes in the rhombic system. The crystals are usually small and found only in vacancies. Calamine is found most frequently in the form of crystalline crusts with a radiate-fibrous structure and in nodular and stalactite masses. The color is white, yellow, or greenish blue (from admixtures of iron and copper compounds). Hardness on the mineralogical scale, 4-5; density, 3, 400-3, 500 kg per cu m. The crystals show pyroelectric properties when heated. Calamine forms in the oxidation zone of lead and zinc deposits. Rich accumulations have been found in the USSR (eastern Transbaikal and central Kazakhstan) andabroad (Upper Silesia in Poland). It is used as an ore for obtain-ing zinc.

calamine

[′kal·ə‚mīn]
(metallurgy)
An alloy composed of zinc, lead, and tin.
(mineralogy)
(pharmacology)
A powder mixture of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, used in skin lotions and ointments.
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Especially good post-sun as it contains soothing aloe vera gel, calming calamine powder and glycerine to help the skin retain moisture.
Also invited is Larry Calamine, executive officer of the Local Agency Formation Commission of Los Angeles County, which reviews all annexation and incorporation proposals.
Apply an ice pack or calamine lotion to soothe the affected part.
Stuck indoors with a spotty though far from ill child with nothing more exciting to do than fling her into the bath to ease the itches whenever her jiggling about drove all of us demented, plus the regular ritual of spot dabbing with calamine lotion until she looked not unlike a sugar- coated currant bun.
A s a child, Robert Jinks recalls countless summers when his mother attempted to soothe his sunburn by applying lashings of pink, chalky calamine lotion.
Applying a medicated lotion containing Calamine on the blisters helps the pain and itching.
To relieve itching, use calamine lotion or dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in one cup of water to bathe the bites.
Apply a soothing preparation such as calamine lotion or crotamiton cream.
For mild sunburn apply aftersun or calamine lotion to help soothe the affected area.
Meantime, how's about a compromise - no squeezing but you'll dab his back with something soothing, such as Calamine lotion?
It can be controlled by taking tepid showers and dabbing affected areas with calamine lotion.
Daisy's taking it in her stride - though she's not a big fan of Calamine lotion.