tartar emetic

noun

Definition of tartar emetic

: a poisonous efflorescent crystalline salt C8H4K2O12Sb2·3H2O of sweetish metallic taste that is used in dyeing as a mordant and especially formerly in medicine as an emetic and expectorant

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circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Tartar emetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tartar%20emetic. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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tartar emetic

noun

Medical Definition of tartar emetic

: a poisonous efflorescent crystalline salt KSbOC4H4O6·¹/₂H2O of sweetish metallic taste that is used in dyeing as a mordant and especially formerly in medicine as an expectorant, anthelmintic, and emetic

called also antimony potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyltartrate, tartrated antimony

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