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potassium sodium tartrate

noun, Chemistry.

Rochelle salt

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a colorless or white, water-soluble solid, KNaC 4 H 4 O 6 ⋅4H 2 O, used in silvering mirrors, in the manufacture of Seidlitz powders and baking powder, and in medicine as a laxative.
Also called potassium sodium tartrate.
Origin of Rochelle salt
1745-55; after La Rochelle Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for potassium-sodium-tartrate

Rochelle salt

a white crystalline double salt, sodium potassium tartrate, used in Seidlitz powder. Formula: KNaC4H4O6.4H2O
Word Origin
C18: named after La Rochelle, French port
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potassium-sodium-tartrate in Medicine

potassium sodium tartrate n.
A colorless efflorescent crystalline compound used as a laxative. Also called Rochelle salt, Seignette's salt.

Rochelle salt Ro·chelle salt (rə-shěl', rō-)
See potassium sodium tartrate.

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