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ferrous sulfate

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
1.
a bluish-green, crystalline, saline-tasting, water-soluble heptahydrated solid, FeSO 4 ⋅7H 2 O, used chiefly in the manufacture of other iron salts, in water purification, fertilizer, inks, pigments, tanning, photography, and in medicine in the treatment of anemia.
Also called copperas, green vitriol, iron vitriol, iron sulfate.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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ferrous sulfate  
A bluish-green crystalline compound that is used in sewage and water treatment, and as a pigment and fertilizer. It is also used in medicine to treat iron deficiency. Also called green vitriol. Chemical formula: FeSO4·7H2O.
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