bismuth subsalicylate


bismuth sub·​sa·​lic·​y·​late -ˌsəb-sə-ˈli-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce bismuth subsalicylate (audio)
: a drug C7H5BiO4 taken orally to relieve diarrhea, nausea, and indigestion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Iron is common, and there are a handful of others, but the most common is the over-the-counter medicine Pepto-Bismol, or any other brand of bismuth subsalicylate. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 14 Feb. 2023 Look for medicine that has bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) for diarrhea, upset stomach, and acid reflux. Lindsay Lee Wallace, SELF, 6 Feb. 2023 Instead of antibiotics, Blanton counsels people who want to be proactive to try taking daily Pepto-Bismol, which contains bismuth subsalicylate and can be up to 65 percent effective in preventing traveler’s diarrhea. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Note that, according to Dr. Lee, Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) shouldn't be taken by those who are pregnant or allergic to aspirin. Kasandra Brabaw,, 28 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bismuth subsalicylate was in 1892

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“Bismuth subsalicylate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Medical Definition

bismuth subsalicylate

bismuth sub·​sa·​lic·​y·​late -ˌsəb-sə-ˈlis-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce bismuth subsalicylate (audio)
: an antidiarrheal drug C7H5BiO4 also used to relieve heartburn, indigestion, and nausea see pepto-bismol
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