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milk of magnesia

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  1. a milky white suspension in water of magnesium hydroxide, Mg (OH)2, used as an antacid or laxative.

Origin of milk of magnesia

First recorded in 1875–80; formerly trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for milk of magnesia

milk of magnesia

  1. a suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water, used as an antacid and laxative
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Word Origin and History for milk of magnesia


1880, proprietary name for white suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water, taken as an antacid, invented by U.S. chemist Charles Henry Phillips. Herbal or culinary preparations resembling milk had been similarly named (e.g. milk of almond) since early 15c.

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milk of magnesia in Medicine

milk of magnesia

  1. A milky white aqueous suspension of magnesium hydroxide used as an antacid and a laxative.
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