Definition of selenite in English:

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selenite

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlɪnʌɪt/

noun

[mass noun]
A form of gypsum occurring as transparent crystals or thin plates.
Example sentences
  • Eventually, basin shallowing allowed in situ precipitation of selenite in shallow lagoons and ponds near the basin depocentre.
  • First, they demonstrated that selenium salts - both selenate and selenite - can prevent the first of several steps that can lead to cancer, whereas the grain form - selenomethionine - was ineffective.
  • The results clearly showed that selenium, as sodium selenite, not only reduced the morbidity and mortality of Keshan disease, but also reduced cardiac damage.

Origin

Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek selēnitēs lithos 'moonstone', from selēnē 'moon' + lithos 'stone'.

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