Often Epsom salts. Chemistry, Pharmacology. hydrated magnesium sulfate, MgSO4⋅7H2O, 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
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British Dictionary definitions for epsom salts
(functioning as singular or plural) a medicinal preparation of hydrated magnesium sulphate, used as a purgative
Word Origin for Epsom salts
C18: named after Epsom, where they occur naturally in the water
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Medicine definitions for epsom salts
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Hydrated magnesium sulfate, used as a cathartic and as an agent to reduce inflammation.
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Science definitions for epsom salts
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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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