Seidlitz powders

plural noun

Seid·​litz powders ˈsed-ləts- How to pronounce Seidlitz powders (audio)
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Seidlitz powders was in 1815

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“Seidlitz powders.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Seidlitz%20powders. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

Seidlitz powders

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