- An alloy of mercury with another steel or metals as an amalgam of tin bismuth etc
- an alloy of mercury with another material (usually silver) employed by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; excluding iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists relate to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
- a combination or blend of diverse things
- An alloy of mercury with another material or metals; as, an amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc.
- A mixture or chemical of different things.
- A native ingredient of mercury and gold.
- To amalgamate.
In dental care, an alloy of mercury, gold, tin, etc. utilized in dental restorations.
c.1400, "blend of mercury with another steel; soft size formed by chemical manipulation," from Old French amalgame or right from Medieval Latin amalgama, "alloy of mercury (especially with gold or silver)," an alchemists' term, possibly an alteration of Latin malagma "poultice, plaster," probably from Arabic al-malgham "an emollient poultice or unguent for lesions (especially hot)" [Francis Johnson, "A Dictionary of Persian, Arabic, and English"], possibly from Greek malagma "softening substance," from malassein "to soften," from malakos "soft."
In alchemy, an amalgam is a combination of two various metals.
(letter.) An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; because, an amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc.
- (letter.) A combination or chemical of various things.
- (n.) A native ingredient of mercury and gold.
- (v. t. / i.) To amalgamate.
Stannic Chloride, SnC1 4, named by Andreas Libavius in 1605 Spiritus argenti vivi sublimate from its preparation by distilling tin or its amalgam with corrosive sublimate, and afterwards termed Spiritus fumans Libavii, is obtained by passing dry chlorine over granulated tin contained in a retort; the tetrachloride distils over as a heavy liquid, from which the excess of chlorine is easily removed by shaking with a small quantity of tin filings and re-distilling.