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Rochelle salt

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
1.
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
1745-1755
1745-55; after La Rochelle
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Rochelle salt

noun
1.
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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rochelle-salt in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for rochelle-salt

Rochelle salt

a crystalline solid having a large piezoelectric effect (electric charge induced on its surfaces by mechanical deformation due to pressure, twisting, or bending), making it useful in sensitive acoustical and vibrational devices. Like other piezoelectric materials, Rochelle salt crystals (KNaC4H4O64H2O) become strained when subjected to electric fields. They decompose at moderately high temperatures (55 C [131 F]) and require protection against moisture. Piezoelectric deformation is directly proportional to the applied electric field and reverses as the polarity of the applied field is reversed. These basic properties are put to use in electromechanical transducers such as ultrasonic generators, microphones, and phonograph pickups and in electromechanical resonators. See also tartaric acid.

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