amalgam


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a·mal·gam

 (ə-măl′gəm)
n.
1. Any of various alloys of mercury with other metals, especially:
a. An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
b. An alloy of mercury and tin used in silvering mirrors.
2. A combination of diverse elements; a mixture: an amalgam of strength, reputation, and commitment to ethical principles.

[Middle English, from Old French amalgame, from Medieval Latin amalgama, probably ultimately from Greek malagma, soft mass.]

amalgam

(əˈmælɡəm)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) an alloy of mercury with another metal, esp with silver: dental amalgam.
2. (Minerals) a rare white metallic mineral that consists of silver and mercury and occurs in deposits of silver and cinnabar
3. a blend or combination
[C15: from Medieval Latin amalgama, of obscure origin]

a•mal•gam

(əˈmæl gəm)

n.
1. an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals.
2. an alloy chiefly of silver mixed with mercury and variable amounts of other metals, used as a dental filling.
3. a mixture or combination.
[1425–75; < Middle French < Medieval Latin amalgama]

a·mal·gam

(ə-măl′gəm)
An alloy of mercury and another metal, especially silver, commonly used in dental fillings.

Amalgam

 an alloy of a metal or metals—Wilkes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amalgam - an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teethamalgam - an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
alloy, metal - a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
2.amalgam - a combination or blend of diverse things; "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"
combination - a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities

amalgam

noun combination, mixture, compound, blend, union, composite, fusion, alloy, amalgamation, meld, admixture I tend to make my characters an amalgam of several people.

amalgam

noun
Something produced by mixing:
Translations
amalgam

amalgam

[əˈmælgəm] Namalgama f (of de)

amalgam

[əˈmælgəm] n (= mixture) → amalgame m
an amalgam of → un amalgame de amalgam filling

amalgam

nAmalgam nt; (fig also)Gemisch nt, → Mischung f

amalgam

[əˈmælgəm] namalgama m

amalgam

n (dent) amalgama
References in classic literature ?
They are coiners on a large scale, and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the place of silver.
found that symptoms associated with amalgam toxicity match those that characterize chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) including abnormal fatigue after physical exertion, muscular discomfort and pain, impaired memory and concentration, impaired sleep, depression, and GI problems.
The Minamata Convention requires parties to "phase down the use of dental amalgam.
Mercury from amalgam then can make its way into the environment in a number of ways, including through discharge to water bodies.
The research found the dentists' urine contained a mix of mercury from both the consumption of fish containing inorganic mercury as well as inorganic mercury vapor from the amalgam fillings.
Amalgam carries mercury within it which can harm the body and the environment, mainly though our water systems.
0]) released during preparation of mercury amalgam in dental offices (Guzzi and Pigatto 2007; Wannag and Skjaerasen 1975).
Is it that my dentist is different in that he doesn't use amalgam fillings - even though the American Dental Association website says that they are more durable for back teeth (meaning that I have to get fewer fillings re-done, which perhaps reduces my dentist's income)?
A few months after setting up Amalgam, Zankoul saw her illustrations appearing in French newspapers.
Loss of potentially toxic mercury from amalgam may be due to evaporation, exposure to some kinds of dental hygiene products, exposure to certain foods, or other factors.
Prior to our work, little was known about how the chemical forms of mercury in dental amalgam might change over time.
Recently, states across the country including Minnesota, Maine, Vermont and Colorado have proposed legislation to address the environmental hazards of mercury contamination that are directly related to dentistry by recommending the removal of amalgam fillings prior to the cremation process.