Definition of Calcite

1. Noun. A common mineral consisting of crystallized calcium carbonate; a major constituent of limestone.

Specialized synonyms: Alabaster, Mexican Onyx, Onyx Marble, Oriental Alabaster, Chalk, Iceland Spar
Substance meronyms: Limestone
Terms within: Calcium Carbonate
Generic synonyms: Spar
Derivative terms: Calcitic



Definition of Calcite

1. n. Calcium carbonate, or carbonate of lime. It is rhombohedral in its crystallization, and thus distinguished from aragonite. It includes common limestone, chalk, and marble. Called also calc-spar and calcareous spar.

Definition of Calcite

1. Noun. (geology) a very widely distributed crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3, found as limestone, chalk and marble ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Calcite

1. a mineral [n -S] : CALCITIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Calcite

1. A doubly refracting mineral used in the manufacture of polarizing prisms. It is uniaxial negative and in the trigonal diversion of the hexagonal system of crystals. Its indexes are epsilon =1.486, omega =1.658, its hardness is 3 on the Mohr scale and specific gravity 2.711. See: balsam, Canada. (05 Aug 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Calcite

calcipectic
calcipenia
calcipenic
calcipexic
calcipexis
calciphilia
calciphilous
calciphobous
calciphylaxis
calciphyte
calciphytes
calciprivia
calciprivic
calcisponge
calcisponges
calcite (current term)
calcites
calcitetrol
calcitic
calcitonin
calcitonin gene-related peptide
calcitonins
calcitration
calcitrations
calcitriol
calcitroic acid
calcitropic
calcium
calcium-40
calcium-42

Literary usage of Calcite

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1. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1906)
"of calcite may remain. In some strata the aragonite skeletons have entirely ... The presence of calcite forms does not necessarily imply that they were not ..."

2. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1902)
"Occasionally the calcite concretions have a definite crystalline outline. Thus, on No. 4 tramway, at the Hercules Mine, there is an exposure of a highly ..."

3. Engineering Geology: By Heinrich Ries and Thomas L. Watson by Heinrich Ries, Thomas Leonard Watson (1914)
"38), which sometimes serve to distinguish it from similar crystals of calcite. As a rock-forming mineral it seldom shows crystal form, but usually occurs ..."

4. A System of Mineralogy: Descriptive Mineralogy, Comprising the Most Recent by James Dwight Dana, George Jarvis Brush (1869)
"Brandy Brook, epidote, hornblende, quartz crystals ; Carleton, near Falls, calcite ; Chance Harbor, calcite in quartz veins, chlorite in argillaceous and ..."

5. Fieldiana by Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Natural History Museum, Field Columbian Museum (1895)
"GOLDEN calcite. BAD LANDS, SOUTH DAKOTA. MUSEUM No. M 5904. On breaking open the concretions found in beds of Fort Pierre shale in the region of the Bad ..."

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