calcine[kal′sīn′, kal sīn′; kal′sin]
intransitive verbcalcined, calcining
- to change to calx or powder by heating to a high temperature, but below the melting point
- to burn to ashes or powder
- to oxidize at high temperature
Origin of calcineMiddle English calcinen ; from Old French calciner ; from Medieval Latin calcinare (an alchemists' term) ; from Classical Latin calx: see calcium
verbcal·cined, cal·cin·ing, cal·cines
- To heat (a substance) to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point, causing loss of moisture, reduction or oxidation, and the decomposition of carbonates and other compounds.
- To convert (liquid material, especially radioactive wastes) to granular solids by drying at very high temperatures.
Origin of calcineMiddle English calcinen, from Old French calciner, from Medieval Latin calcīnāre, from Late Latin calcīna, quicklime, from Latin calx, calc-, lime; see calx.
(third-person singular simple present calcines, present participle calcining, simple past and past participle calcined)