Dover's powder

Do·​ver's powder | \ ˌdō-vərz- How to pronounce Dover's powder (audio) \

Definition of Dover's powder

: a powder of ipecac and opium formerly used as a pain reliever and diaphoretic

First Known Use of Dover's powder

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Dover's powder

Thomas Dover †1742 English physician

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“Dover's powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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Dover's powder

Do·​ver's powder | \ ˈdō-vərz- How to pronounce Dover's powder (audio) \

Medical Definition of Dover's powder

: a powder of ipecac and opium that is now compounded in the United States with lactose and in England with potassium sulfate and that is used as an anodyne and diaphoretic


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