Glauber's salt

or Glau·ber salt



the decahydrate form of sodium sulfate, a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble solid, Na2SO4·10H2O, used chiefly in textile dyeing and as a cathartic.

Origin of Glauber's salt

1730–40; named after J. R. Glauber (1604–68), German chemist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glauber's salt

Glauber's salt

Glauber salt (ˈɡlaʊbə)


the crystalline decahydrate of sodium sulphate

Word Origin for Glauber's salt

C18: named after J. R. Glauber (1604–68), German chemist
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glauber's salt in Medicine

Glauber's salt



A colorless hydrated sodium sulfate used as a cathartic and diuretic.
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