Calcium Sulfate

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calcium sulfate

[′kal·se·əm ′səl‚fāt]
(inorganic chemistry)
CaSO4 A white crystalline salt, insoluble in water; used in Keene's cement, in pigments, as a paper filler, and as a drying agent.
Either of two hydrated forms of the salt: the dihydrate, CaSO4·2H2O, and the hemihydrate, CaSO4·½H2O.
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Calcium Sulfate

 

CaSO4, a salt, existing in nature as the dihydrate CaSO4-2H2O (gypsum, selenite) and in an anhydrous state (anhydrite). Anhydrous calcium sulfate occurs in the form of colorless crystals with a density of 2.96 g/cm3 and a melting point of 1450°C. It combines very slowly with water, exhibiting a poor solubility of 0.2036 g per 100 g H2O at 20°C and 0.067 g at 100°C. The half-hydrate CaSO4-1/2 H2O is known; when mixed with water, it hardens rapidly, converting into CaSO«2H2O. Calcium sulfate is used in the manufacture of figures and casts, as a construction material, and in medicine.

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calcium sulfate

Anhydrite or gypsum dihydrate which has been calcined to the point at which all the water of crystallization has been removed.
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