calcium oxalate


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 As with many tropical houseplants, Swiss cheese plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to pets. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Take Care of Monstera Deliciosa, the Swiss Cheese Plant," 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, "Dogs, cats or kids? These are the right plants for you," 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, "Gordon Ramsay Journeys Along Hawaii’s Hana Coast," 2 July 2019 Both are small and hard-shelled and are sometimes even covered in a protective coating of calcium oxalate. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs?," 30 May 2018 About 20 percent of gout sufferers, without therapy, will develop kidney stones made from uric acid, not calcium oxalate., "For Franklin, it came down to lifestyle, family history," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of calcium oxalate

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Calcium oxalate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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