calcium oxalate

noun

Definition of calcium oxalate

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web In their recent research, summarized in Nature Reviews Urology, the researchers primarily used GeoBioCell to study growing calcium oxalate crystals, which account for about 70 percent of kidney stones. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 Many common indoor houseplants, including pothos and dieffenbachia, contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause mouth pain and stomach upset in children and pets. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, Swiss cheese plant contains 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, 10 Mar. 2021 In addition to the DNA analysis, the researchers scoured the surface of the drawings with a microscope and spotted incrustations of calcium oxalate crystals produced by these fungi. Matt Simon, Wired, 25 Nov. 2020 As with many tropical houseplants, Swiss cheese plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to pets. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 20 Aug. 2020 Many common indoor houseplants, including pothos and dieffenbachia, contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause mouth pain and stomach upset. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2020 Traditional knowledge of its preparation is important, as calcium oxalate crystals (associated with gout and kidney stones) are present in raw kalo and will dissipate when the plant is cooked. National Geographic, 2 July 2019 Both are small and hard-shelled and are sometimes even covered in a protective coating of calcium oxalate. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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calcium oxalate

noun

Medical Definition of calcium oxalate

: 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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