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tartar emetic

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
a white, water-soluble, sweet and metallic-tasting, poisonous powder or granules, C 4 H 4 KO 7 Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing textiles and leather, and in medicine as an expectorant, for inducing vomiting, and for infections by schistosomes.
Also called antimony potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyl tartrate.
Origin of tartar emetic
1695-1705 Unabridged
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  • tartar emetic in very minute doses may be exhibited three times daily.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • Now, you know the shelf bottles of tartar emetic and Rochelle salt Ant.

  • A mixture of equal parts of tartar emetic and sulphate of copper.

  • It is kept up by the careful administration of tartar emetic.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • Antimonial wine, from half a teaspoonful to a dessertspoonful, is much preferable to tartar emetic and calomel.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • The only medicines I ever use in fever, sir, are tartar emetic and quinine.

  • A decoction of camomile flowers will be safest; though a sufficient dose of tartar emetic will be far more certain.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Entering a druggist's shop one evening, he asked for an ounce of tartar emetic.

  • It is probable that a diaphoretic dose of tartar emetic is actually eliminated from the skin and mucous membranes.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • Pustulous oesophagitis occurs in small-pox, and occasionally follows the use of tartar emetic in large doses.

British Dictionary definitions for tartar emetic

tartar emetic

another name for antimony potassium tartrate
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tartar emetic in Medicine

tartar emetic n.
A poisonous crystalline compound used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.

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