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Epsom salt

Often, Epsom salts. Chemistry, Pharmacology. hydrated magnesium sulfate, MgSO 4 ⋅7H 2 O, occurring as small colorless crystals: used in fertilizers, the dyeing of fabrics, leather tanning, etc., and in medicine chiefly as a cathartic.
Origin of Epsom salt
1760-70; after Epsom; so called from its presence in the local mineral water Unabridged
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  • A dose of epsom salts shortly after clears them out, and except for the loss of blood, the disease is finished.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • Carbolic Acid … liquid … oil … sweet oil … castor oil … aperient … epsom salts … white … white of egg.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • Take a dose of epsom salts, castor oil, or cascara sagrada, then regulate your diet.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • Give an emetic, then follow with cathartics, such as castor oil, and epsom salts especially.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Oxalic Acid (frequently taken for epsom salts):—First give soap and water, or chalk or magnesia and water.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for epsom salts

Epsom salts

(functioning as singular or pl) a medicinal preparation of hydrated magnesium sulphate, used as a purgative
Word Origin
C18: named after Epsom, where they occur naturally in the water
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Word Origin and History for epsom salts

Epsom salts

magnesium sulphate, 1770, obtained from Epsom water, the water of a mineral spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, the medicinal properties of which were discovered in Elizabethan times. The place name is recorded c.973 as Ebbesham, literally "Ebbi's homestead," from the name of some forgotten Anglo-Saxon. The mineral supply there was exhausted 19c.

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epsom salts in Medicine

Epsom salts Ep·som salts (ěp'səm)
Hydrated magnesium sulfate, used as a cathartic and as an agent to reduce inflammation.

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epsom salts in Science
Epsom salts
A bitter, colorless, crystalline salt, used in making textiles, in fertilizers, for medical purposes, and as an additive to bath water to soothe the skin. Chemical formula: MgSO4·7H2O.
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