Seidlitz powder

Seidlitz powders

/ (ˈsɛdlɪts) /


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

Nearby words

  1. sweat,
  2. sweat bee,
  3. sweat blood,
  4. sweat bullets,
  5. sweat equity,
  6. sweat gland carcinoma,
  7. sweat glands,
  8. sweat lodge,
  9. sweat of one's brow,
  10. sweat off

Word Origin for Seidlitz powder

C19: named after Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia with mineral springs having similar laxative effects

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Seidlitz powder


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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