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amalgam (əmăl´gəm), alloy containing mercury. The alloy may be liquid or solid, depending on the proportion of mercury, although all naturally occurring amalgams, i.e., those of gold and silver, are solid. Amalgams are widely used. Silver, gold, and copper amalgams are used in dentistry, and tin amalgam is used in making mirrors.

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amalgam mixture of a metal with mercury XV; mixture or combination XVII. — (O)F. amalgame or medL. amalgama, prob. ult. f. Gr. málagma emollient, f. malássein soften, through some Arab. form with prefixed AL-2.
So amalgamate XVII, amalgamation XVII.

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a·mal·gam / əˈmalgəm/ • n. a mixture or blend: a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern. ∎  Chem. an alloy of mercury with another metal, esp. one used for dental fillings.

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amalgam Solid or liquid alloy of mercury with other metals. Dentists used to fill teeth with amalgams usually containing copper and zinc. Most metals dissolve in mercury, although iron and platinum are exceptions.

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amalgam (ă-mal-găm) n. any of a group of alloys containing mercury. In dentistry amalgam fillings are made by mixing a silver–tin alloy with mercury in a machine known as an amalgamator.

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Amalgam

an alloy of a metal or metalsWilkes.

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