bath salts

plural noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of bath salts

1 :a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 :any of various synthetic illicit drugs with stimulant and sometimes hallucinogenic properties that are used (as by being injected or snorted) typically in the form of a white or brown crystalline powder

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First Known Use of bath salts

1899


Medical Dictionary

bath salts

noun plural

medical Definition of bath salts

1 :a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 :any of various synthetic, illicit, stimulant drugs that contain derivatives of cathinone (such as MDPV) and are typically sold as white or brown crystalline powders
  • Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests—just one week after a new study charted a skyrocketing number of calls to U.S. poison control centers about the drug.
  • —Wesley LoweryThe Los Angeles Times17 Oct. 2012
sometimes singular
  • Although the man was later proven to not be under the influence of bath salt, the incident nonetheless brought the drug national attention.
  • —Lauren McGaughy, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)11 Nov. 2012

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