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Meaning of AMALGAM

Pronunciation:  u'malgum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a combination or blend of diverse things; "his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas"
  2. [n]  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

AMALGAM is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: dental amalgam
 See Also: alloy, combination, metal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*mal"gam\, n. [F. amalgame, prob. fr. L. malagma, Gr.
    ?, emollient, plaster, poultice, fr. ? to make soft, fr. ?
    1. An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; as, an
       amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc.
    Note: Medalists apply the term to soft alloys generally.
    2. A mixture or compound of different things.
    3. (Min.) A native compound of mercury and silver.
  2. \A*mal"gam\, v. t. ? i. [Cf. F. amalgamer]
    To amalgamate. --Boyle. B. Jonson.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A general term for any mixture of substances; used in a chemical/medical context, it refers to a mercury-containing liquid alloy of metals.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: admixture, alloy, alloyage, amalgamation, blend, combination, combo, commixture, composite, composition, compound, concoction, confection, ensemble, fusion, immixture, interfusion, intermixture, magma, mix, mixture, paste