magnesium sulfate

noun

Definition of magnesium sulfate 

: a sulfate of magnesium: such as

a : a white salt MgSO4 used in medicine and in industry

b : epsom salts

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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 Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, provides the body with magnesium that can reduce muscle and joint issues after intense workouts. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Saints utilized tent with proactive recovery equipment throughout training camp," 6 Sep. 2017

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magnesium sulfate

noun

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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