lead acetate


Definition of lead acetate

: an acetate of lead especially : a poisonous soluble salt PbC4H6O4·3H2O

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Recent Examples on the Web In the nearly 40 years since lead acetate was initially approved as a color additive, our understanding of the hazards of lead exposure has evolved significantly. Zoe Weiner, Allure, 31 Oct. 2018 Some hair dyes contain lead acetate, Leiba added, which can increase lead levels in the blood. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, 25 Apr. 2018 Ancient Romans used lead acetate to sweeten inferior wines; the Medieval spice trade was rife with cheap substitutes, including plain old tree bark mixed in with cinnamon, dried wood with cloves, and sandalwood in saffron. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, Smithsonian, 13 Sep. 2017 Not only were coffins at that time painted on the inside with a lead white paint, but the Western Union uniform Kennicott was wearing and such coats and blankets at the time were treated with lead acetate as a water proofing mechanism. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, 8 Mar. 2017 Ancient Romans used lead acetate to sweeten inferior wines Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, Smithsonian, 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lead acetate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Lead acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20acetate. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of lead acetate

: a poisonous soluble lead salt PbC4H6O4·3H2O used in medicine especially formerly as an astringent

called also sugar of lead

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