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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."
Lack of durability - composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgam fillings (lasting at least five years compared with at least 10 to 15 for amalgams); in addition, they may not last as long as amalgam fillings under the pressure of chewing and particularly if used for large cavities.
Impact of nocturnal bruxism on mercury uptake from dental amalgams. Eur J Oral Sci.
Dr Khwaja has appealed to the government to make legislation in this regard, and to ban the use of mercury not just in dental amalgams but also in other devices.
Traditional amalgams cause mercury waste to be released against EU rules.
Certainly not, evidence of our negligence is use of mercury in dental amalgams. With growing dental problems where the world is shifting its preferences, considerable numbers of dentists are still using mercury dental amalgams.
This research indicated that in the Army, the majority of direct dental restorations being replaced are amalgams (64%).
"Biocompatibility of Dental Amalgams," Int J Dent, Vol.
The compressive strength, creep, dimensional change, hardness and thermal conductivity of all amalgams are shown in Table (2).
Amalgams emit mercury vapor that is inhaled and also absorbed by structures in the mouth.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has declared silver amalgams safe for use by dentists.
Ten-year clinical assessment of three posterior resin composites and two amalgams. Quintessence Int 1998; 29:483-90.