silver amalgam

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silver amalgam

Etymology: AS, seolfor + Gk, malagma
an alloy of silver, tin, copper, mercury, and zinc used in dentistry to fill prepared tooth cavities. See amalgam.

silver amalgam

A colloquial term for dental amalgam.
See also: amalgam

sil·ver a·mal·gam

(silvĕr ă-malgăm)
Alloy of silver, mercury, and other metals (e.g., tin, copper, zinc). The mercury is mixed with the alloy powder resulting in a plastic material that can be condensed into a prepared tooth cavity and carved.


1. a chemical element, atomic number 47, atomic weight 107.870, symbol Ag. See Table 6. It is used in medicine for its caustic, astringent and antiseptic effects. Experimental poisoning with silver salts causes myopathy.
2. a coat color in dogs, foxes.

silver amalgam
see amalgam.
silver collie syndrome
see canine cyclic hematopoiesis.
silver grass
silver halide
any of the silver salts with halogens including bromine, chlorine, iodine used in photographic emulsion.
silver iodide
soluble silver salt used in cloud seeding but presents no toxicological risk to local grazing cattle.
silver-leaf ironbark
silver-leafed nightshade
silver nitrate
colorless or white crystals, used as a caustic and local anti-infective.
silver nitrate (toughened)
a mixture of silver nitrate with hydrochloric acid, sodium chloride or potassium nitrate, occurring as white crystalline masses molded into pencils or cones, called caustic pencils; a convenient means of applying silver nitrate locally. Called also lunar caustic.
silver protein
silver made colloidal by the presence of, or combination with, protein; an active germicide with a local irritant and astringent effect.
silver stain
a method of demonstrating flagella on bacteria, or for visualizing very thin bacteria, such as leptospires.
silver sulfadiazine
the silver salt of sulfadiazine, having bactericidal activity against many gram-positive and gram-negative organisms, as well as being effective against yeasts; used as a topical anti-infective for the prevention and treatment of wound sepsis in patients with second and third degree burns.
silver weed
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