Seidlitz powders

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plural noun Seid·litz powders \ˈsed-ləts-\

Definition of Seidlitz powders

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of seidlitz powders

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


First Known Use: 1815


Medical Dictionary

Seidlitz powders

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noun plural Seid·litz powders \ˈsed-ləts-\

Medical Definition of Seidlitz powders

  1. :  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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