Dover's powder


Do·​ver's powder ˌdō-vərz- How to pronounce Dover's powder (audio)
: a powder of ipecac and opium formerly used as a pain reliever and diaphoretic

Word History


Thomas Dover †1742 English physician

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dover's powder was in 1801

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“Dover's powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

Dover's powder

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