Definition of selenite in English:

selenite

Line breaks: sel¦en|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛlɪnʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A form of gypsum occurring as transparent crystals or thin plates.
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    • 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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