Seidlitz powders

plural noun
Seid·​litz powders | \ ˈsed-ləts- How to pronounce Seidlitz powders (audio) \

Definition of Seidlitz powders

: effervescing salts consisting of one powder of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and another of tartaric acid that are mixed in water and drunk as a mild cathartic

First Known Use of Seidlitz powders

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Seidlitz powders

Sedlitz (Sedlčany), village in Bohemia; from the similarity of their effect to that of the water of the village

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The first known use of Seidlitz powders was in 1815

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“Seidlitz powders.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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Seidlitz powders

noun plural
Seid·​litz powders | \ ˈsed-ləts- How to pronounce Seidlitz powders (audio) \

Medical Definition of Seidlitz powders

: effervescing salts that consist of two separate powders with one made up of 40 grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed with 2 drams of Rochelle salt and the other of 35 grains of tartaric acid and that are mixed in water and drunk while effervescing as a mild cathartic

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