Definition of talc in English:



  • 1Talcum powder.

    • ‘A hot flannel hit Helena's back and the nurse scrubbed hard, washing, drying and dusting her with talc.’
    • ‘IRI includes shaving lotions, cologne and talcs in its men's fragrance category.’
    • ‘You don't have to buy her another bottle of perfume; most scents come in ranges that include luxury body lotions, bubble bath and talcs.’
    • ‘I've spent two years trying to find people to come up with the right smells, and we finally got the right blend for carpet, cappuccino and baby talc.’
    • ‘I get this itch after three months, that no amount of medicated talc can take away: My latest theory is related to the fact that I have rarely lived anywhere longer than two years.’
    • ‘Deodorant or talc should be avoided, as these could irritate or infect the wound.’
    • ‘He tries for another angle but I have gone, red-faced and tripping over the edge of the step machine as I retreat, escaping to the white towels and curious-smelling talc in the changing rooms.’
    • ‘After shaving Ollie, the barber would apply talc to his cheeks and say, ‘nice-a-baby.’’
    • ‘Here's a secret of the North Pole: Santa powders his hands with talc before donning his thick red mittens.’
    • ‘Popping off the lid, he sprinkled some of the white talc onto the clasps of the briefcase, blowing the excess off so that it wouldn't be visible.’
    • ‘In the 1960s and 1970s, a new winceyette nightie and a boxed set of pink talc and bath cubes from Woolies were the ultimate in luxury.’
    • ‘Well I haven't tried this tip but it can't be worse than talc.’
    • ‘Body washes, shampoos, liquid talc, massaging balms and skin lotions are all priced at £3.99 (available at Boots).’
    • ‘The first is a medical issue, and that is the recurring advice in the section on yeast infections to use cornstarch instead of talc or baby powder to keep the area dry.’
    1. 1.1A white, gray, or pale green soft mineral with a greasy feel, occurring as translucent masses or laminae and consisting of magnesium hydroxyl silicate.
      • ‘Thus, these results suggest that many patients may be experiencing clinically significant hypoxemia, which could be reduced by the use of graded talc with its smallest particles removed.’
      • ‘Crystals reach more than 25 cm in length and 2 cm in width and are associated with a mass of fine-grained talc.’
      • ‘Pulmonary disease due to talc, a group of hydrous magnesium silicates, is almost exclusively encountered after occupational exposure.’
      • ‘He said Narngulu could be used as a transfer facility for wheat, talc and mineral sands, along with other commodities which could be transported via a conveyor into the Geraldton port.’
      • ‘Particulate fillers like talc or ground calcium carbonate generally increase stiffness, while plasticizers enhance flexibility.’
      • ‘Further investigation led to biopsy through a bronchoscope, which showed crystals, identified as talc (magnesium silicate).’
      • ‘Several powders use a base of asbestos, talc, chalk or silica, all of which are health hazards.’
      • ‘Inorganic materials such as glass, talc, mica, and calcium carbonate are additives and fillers currently used in plastics for, say, the auto industry, and add significant weight to parts.’
      • ‘Among the products that were marketed were emeralds, tourmalines, aquamarine, amethyst, citrini and industrial minerals such as talc and lime.’
      • ‘Lithium is extraordinarily soft for a metal with a rating of 0.6 on the Mohs scale, softer even than talc, whose Mohs rating is 1.’
      • ‘His study of occupational lung diseases included the pathology of workers exposed to coal, talc, slate, and kaolin.’
      • ‘Today even visitors and rangers must enter the wilderness zone by foot, not vehicle, but the mining company may be able to operate heavy machinery within its confines and build the necessary infrastructure to haul away its loads of talc.’
      • ‘Consumer applications of talc include pharmaceutical tablet production, confectionery manufacturing, and cosmetic applications such as antiperspirant sticks or body powder.’
      • ‘The softest mineral in this scale is talc, while diamond has a hardness of 10.’
      • ‘Gibbs concluded that the different prevalences of pleural calcification in some mining areas might be related to a mineral closely associated with chrysotile, such as mica or talc.’
      • ‘This form of bronchiolar disease may occur with inhalation of a number of inorganic dusts, including asbestos, iron oxide, aluminum oxide, talc, mica, silica, silicate, and coal.’
      • ‘Apparently talc and asbestos are similar, and apparently deposits of that kind of stone were indigenous to the northern part of the Appalachian range.’
      • ‘I work with a low-fire clay body consisting of ball clay, talc and bentonite.’
      • ‘Mr Munkanta who holds title to a piece of land in Lusaka west mining limestone and another for talc in Chilenje south said there are other people holding title for surface rights for the same pieces of land.’
      • ‘Hydrated silicates such as serpentine and talc are also predicted to form by reactions between anhydrous silicate grains and water vapour in the nebular gas at temperatures below 300 K at 10 4 bar.’


  • Powder or treat (something) with talc.

    • ‘My confessions are talcing my hair, shopping in Primark and talking to the cat in a baby voice.’
    • ‘Why would I be wanting to make myself sweat when I am already spending so much time talcing every day, without taking even one step?’
    • ‘She came up with a price - everything can be had for a price in Bangkok, and before I could figure out if the idea was a good one, I was lying on my back being talced.’


Late 16th century (denoting the mineral): from medieval Latin talcum (see talcum).