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Definition of "zeolite" []

  • Any one of a family of hydrous aluminum silicate minerals, whose molecules enclose cations of sodium, potassium, calcium, strontium, or barium, or a corresponding synthetic compound, used chiefly as molecular filters and ion-exchange agents. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "zeolite" in a sentence
  • "It's hard to see how a passive wall coating, where the zeolite is mixed wth all the other constituents of a paint, can effectively depollute a whole room on a long-term basis)."
  • "To restrict the flow of potentially polluting water out of the plant, Tepco has put up screens around the ocean inlets at the plant and on Friday began use of a mineral agent known as zeolite that can absorb radiation."
  • "An inexpensive chemical catalyst called a zeolite is introduced to the mixture, which turns it into a hydrocarbon gas."