magnesium sulfate


Definition of magnesium sulfate

: a sulfate of magnesium: such as
a : a white salt MgSO4 used in medicine and in industry

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Recent Examples on the Web Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and provides those lacking nutrients to prevent the blossom end rot condition. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 22 Apr. 2020 Dawn detergent won't affect the dandelion, and Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate., "Can household vinegar kill dandelions? Ask an expert," 17 Aug. 2019 An infrared spectrometer aboard Galileo studied the shell and detected water ice and magnesium sulfate salts, which are similar to Epsom salts. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa has table salt, just like Earth's seas," 13 June 2019 Using the spectrometer to break down the wavelengths of light hitting Europa, the spacecraft discovered water ice and a substance that seemed to be magnesium sulfate salts, similar to epsom salts used for healing purposes on Earth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Yellow Part of Jupiter's Watery Moon? That's Table Salt, NASA Says," 13 June 2019 For years, astronomers have argued that another type of salt, magnesium sulfate, was prevalent on Europa’s surface. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 If the tree is a sugar (hard) maple, the problem can be solved by applying magnesium sulfate annually in the fall or winter until the leaves are again normal. Dick Crum, Indianapolis Star, "Dr. Dirt: Magnolia not commonly grown in Central Indiana," 20 Oct. 2017 First, the visitors rode to Hospital Metropolitano de la Montaña to drop off the medicine its staff had requested: dopamine, epinephrine, magnesium sulfate, atropine, calcium gluconate, and more. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "A Doctor’s Abandoned Journey Into Isolated Puerto Rico," 9 Oct. 2017 Such overdoses of the salt, aka magnesium sulfate, can cause diarrhea, breathing problems, kidney injury, and cardiac arrhythmias. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Naturopath teaches real doctors something—a new way to cause liver damage," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of magnesium sulfate

1869, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Magnesium sulfate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of magnesium sulfate

: a white anhydrous salt MgSO4 that occurs naturally in hydrated form as Epsom salts and that in the hydrated form MgSO4·7H2O is administered orally to relieve constipation or by injection to treat magnesium deficiency, to control convulsions associated with eclampsia, and to treat symptoms (as hypertension and convulsions) associated with nephritis in children

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