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  • n  any of various minerals consisting of hydrous silicates of aluminum or potassium etc. that crystallize in forms that allow perfect cleavage into very thin leaves; used as dielectrics because of their resistance to electricity

  • Mica, which laymen know as isinglass, is mainly used in peacetime as a nonconductor for electrical equipment.
  • Some substitutes that work: coconut milk, casein, isinglass (fish gelatin), pectin.
  • Alsifilm is already being used to replace mica (isinglass) in electric motor and generator insulation.

  • George Hacker in Newsweek
    There are hundreds of multisyllabic things that go into processing alcohol, from fish bladders-called 'isinglass', used as a fining agent to clarify wine-to myriad other things that people might shudder about if they knew what was in there,...

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