Definition of Diatomaceous earth

1. Noun. A light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material.

Exact synonyms: Diatomite, Kieselguhr
Generic synonyms: Filter, Earth, Ground



Definition of Diatomaceous earth

1. Noun. A light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material or microabrasive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Diatomaceous earth

1. A type of silica-rich dirt which is soft, fine-grained, porous, light-coloured, and composed of the skeletons of diatoms (one-celled marine organisms with skeletons based on silicon). It is used as a filter. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Diatomaceous Earth

diathermanism
diathermanous
diathermic
diathermic therapy
diathermies
diathermocoagulation
diathermometer
diathermous
diathermy
diathermy machine
diatheses
diathesis
diathetic
diatom
diatomaceous
diatomaceous earth (current term)
diatomic
diatomics
diatomite
diatomites
diatomous
diatoms
diatonic
diatonic scale
diatonic scales
diatonically
diatonism
diatoric
diatreme
diatremes

Literary usage of Diatomaceous earth

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1. St. Mary's County by Maryland Geological Survey (1907)
"The diatomaceous earth occurs in the lower part of the Calvert formation and is well ... The diatomaceous earth, on account of its porosity and compactness, ..."

2. The Mineral Industry (1914)
"diatomaceous earth BY PA BOECK Formation.—diatomaceous earth, or kieselguhr deposits are formed by the precipitation of the remains of ..."

3. St. Mary's County by Maryland Geological Survey (1907)
"The diatomaceous earth occurs in the lower part of the Calvert formation and is well ... The diatomaceous earth, on account of its porosity and compactness, ..."

4. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"diatomaceous earth Properties and Occurrence (1, 8). — This material when pure is made up ... diatomaceous earth is commonly white or light gray in color, ..."

5. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"diatomaceous earth Properties and Occurrence (1, 8). — This material when pure is made up ... diatomaceous earth is commonly white or light gray in color, ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1861)
"UPON A diatomaceous earth FROM NOTTINGHAM, CALVERT Co., MARYLAND. By CHRISTOPHER JOHNSTON, MD, Baltimore, Maryland. PT TYSON, Esq., of Baltimore, ..."

7. The Mineral Resources of New South Wales by Geological Survey of New South Wales, Edward Fisher Pittman (1901)
"The geological features of the deposits of diatomaceous earth in New South Wales appear to indicate that they are of lacustrine origin, ..."

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