lead acetate

noun

Definition of lead acetate 

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

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Some hair dyes contain lead acetate, Leiba added, which can increase lead levels in the blood. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Spoke to Congress About Cosmetic Safety. Here's Why She's Concerned," 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, "What’s Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Out," 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, "Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change History," 8 Mar. 2017 Ancient Romans used lead acetate to sweeten inferior wines Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, Smithsonian, "What’s Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Out," 13 Sep. 2017

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lead acetate

noun
\ ˈled- \

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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