tartar-emetic

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:
1695–1705

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tartar emetic
 
n
another name for antimony potassium tartrate

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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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