fluor


noun Mineralogy.

  1. fluorite.

  1. a combining form with the meanings “fluorine,” “fluoride,” used in the formation of compound words: fluorocarbon.
  2. a combining form with the meaning “fluorescence,” used in the formation of compound words: fluoroscopy.

noun

  1. another name for fluorspar

combining form

  1. indicating the presence of fluorinefluorocarbon
  2. indicating fluorescencefluoroscope
n.

16c., and old chemistry term for “minerals which were readily fusible and useful as fluxes in smelting” [Flood], Latin fluor, originally meaning “a flowing, flow” (see fluent). Since 1771 applied to minerals containing fluorine, especially calcium fluoride (fluorspar or fluorite).

pref.

  1. Fluorine:fluorosis.
  2. Fluorescence:fluoroscope.

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