Calcium Fluoride

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calcium fluoride

[′kal·sē·əm ′flu̇r‚īd]
(inorganic chemistry)
CaF2 Colorless, cubic crystals that are slightly soluble in water and soluble in ammonium salt solutions; used in etching glass and preparing hydrofluoric acid.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Calcium Fluoride


CaF2, a salt; colorless crystals. Density, 3.18 g per cm3; melting point, 1360°C.

Calcium fluoride is practically insoluble in water. It exists in nature in the form of the mineral fluorite (fluorspar) and is a component of apatite. Calcium fluoride serves as a source material in the preparation of hydrogen fluoride and other compounds and as a flux in metallurgy.

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