Seidlitz powder

Seidlitz powders

/ (ˈsɛdlɪts) /

noun

a laxative consisting of two powders, tartaric acid and a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt (sodium potassium tartrate)Also called: Rochelle powder

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Word Origin for Seidlitz powder

C19: named after Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia with mineral springs having similar laxative effects
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Medical definitions for seidlitz powder

Seidlitz powder

n.

A mixture of tartaric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium sodium tartrate, used as a mild cathartic by dissolving in water and drinking.
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