bath salts

plural noun

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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Plush robes, jewelry boxes, and bath salts abound, plus coffee mugs peppered with sentimental sayings and delicate brass picture frames. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 After a walk on one of the most beautiful beaches in Canada, enjoy a hot soak in an oversized tub with aromatherapy bath salts. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Lunya sells cotton sleep dresses for $108, for example, while Parachute wants $79 for its linen baby crib sheets; Goop’s special nighttime blend of bath salts will cost you $35. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 The possible targets also include a long list of cosmetics, perfumes, bath salts and soaps. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "This Time Around, Chinese Consumer Products Would Face Tariffs," 11 July 2018 On a table across from his sofa, Taneyhill has placed a large glass vessel that holds bath salts that just happen to look like rocks of methamphetamine. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 But where were the fake weed and bath salts coming from? Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 2018 Consuming an unknown substance has become even more likely in recent years, says Katie Stone, research analyst at Harm Reduction International, with the rise of newer synthetic substances, such as Spice and bath salts. Sarah Beller, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Know About Drug Cocktailing," 17 May 2018 From soothing stationary to bath salts to tea mixes, it's designed for no-stress nights in. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "11 Game-Changing Monthly Subscription Boxes You Need in Your Life," 7 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bath salts

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 Lowery, The Los Angeles Times, 17 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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