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An inosilicate mineral (a magnesium aluminium silicate) that is a type of fuller's earth. Its name is taken from the town of Attapulgus, in the extreme south-west corner of Georgia, USA, where the mineral is abundant. It has medicinal uses derived from its capacity for binding to acids and certain toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract.

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