calcium oxalate

noun

: a crystalline salt CaC2O4 normally deposited in many plant cells and in animals sometimes excreted in urine or retained in the form of urinary calculi

Examples of calcium oxalate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dumb cane plants contain insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause oral irritation, drooling and difficulty swallowing. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2024 Although calcium is an essential mineral for overall canine health, dogs prone to calcium oxalate stone formation need careful consideration. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023 Unfortunately, Monstera plants (Swiss cheese plants) contain calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to pets, causing irritation of the mouth, lips, or tongue and also may cause drooling, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 30 Aug. 2023 Among the various types of bladder stones, calcium oxalate stones are quite common. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2023 Philodendrons contain insoluble calcium oxalates, which can cause oral irritation, drooling, swelling of the mouth or difficulty swallowing. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2023 One other note: Unfortunately, according to ASPCA, these plants are toxic to pets and contain insoluble calcium oxalates, which can cause oral irritation, pain and swelling of the mouth, drooling and GI upset. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 1 June 2023 Like many tropical houseplants, Swiss cheese plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to pets. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 31 May 2023 However, calcium in the form of a supplement may increase your chances of forming new calcium oxalate kidney stones.34 Recent research has shown that supplemental calcium may increase the risk for kidney stone formation in postmenopausal women supplementing with 1,000 mg of calcium per day. Casey Seiden, Ms Rdn Cdn Cdces, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calcium oxalate was in 1868

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“Calcium oxalate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calcium%20oxalate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

calcium oxalate

noun
: a colorless crystalline salt CaC2O4·H2O that is noted for its insolubility and is sometimes excreted in urine or retained in the form of urinary calculi
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