- 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 calc&imacron;n&amacron;re, from Late Latin calc&imacron;na, quicklime, from Latin calx, calc-, lime; see calx.
(third-person singular simple present calcines, present participle calcining, simple past and past participle calcined)