Nouns denoting substances

AFP
an abnormally large amount of this fetoprotein in the fetus can signal an abnormality of the neural tube (as spina bifida or anencephaly)
 
astrakhan
the fur of young lambs
 
transferrin
a globulin in blood plasma that carries iron
 
sand
a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
 
marking ink
an indelible ink for marking clothes or linens etc.
 
immunoglobulin M
one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; involved in fighting blood infections and in triggering production of immunoglobulin G
 
lath and plaster
a building material consisting of thin strips of wood that provide a foundation for a coat of plaster
 
phenylamine
oily poisonous liquid amine obtained from nitrobenzene and used to make dyes and plastics and medicines
 
basalt
the commonest type of solidified lava; a dense dark grey fine-grained igneous rock that is composed chiefly of plagioclase feldspar and pyroxene
 
vanadinite
a mineral consisting of chloride and vanadate of lead; a source of vanadium
 
driftwood
wood that is floating or that has been washed ashore
 
gum olibanum
an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
 
Tums
an antacid
 
ether
any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom
 
acetaldol
unsaturated aldol
 
softener
a substance added to another to make it less hard
 
coagulator
an agent that produces coagulation
 
HCG
hormone produced early in pregnancy by the placenta; detection in the urine and serum is the basis for one kind of pregnancy test
 
earth wax
a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
 
samarskite
a complex black mineral occurring in pegmatites
 
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