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Any one of a family of hydrous alkali-aluminum silicate minerals, whose crystal lattice may enclose or sequester cations of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, or barium, or a corresponding synthetic compound, used chiefly as molecular filters and ion-exchange agents.
1. (Minerals) any of a large group of glassy secondary minerals consisting of hydrated aluminium silicates of calcium, sodium, or potassium: formed in cavities in lava flows and plutonic rocks
2. (Chemistry) any of a class of similar synthetic materials used in ion exchange and as selective absorbents. See molecular sieve
[c18: zeo-, from Greek zein to boil + -lite; from the swelling up that occurs under the blowpipe]
any of a group of hydrated aluminosilicate minerals, used as molecular sieves.
ze`o•lit′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||zeolite - any of a family of glassy minerals analogous to feldspar containing hydrated aluminum silicates of calcium or sodium or potassium; formed in cavities in lava flows and in plutonic rocks|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
water softener - a substance (such as sodium chloride) that lessens the hardness of water by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and so gives the water more efficient sudsing power
chabasite, chabazite - a group of minerals of the zeolite family consisting of a hydrous silicate of calcium and aluminum
heulandite - a group of minerals of the zeolite family consisting of a hydrous aluminum silicate of sodium and calcium
natrolite - a group of minerals of the zeolite family consisting of a hydrous silicate of sodium and aluminum
phillipsite - a group of white or reddish crystalline minerals of the zeolite family consisting of a hydrous silicate of calcium and potassium and aluminum