- a white, water-soluble, sweet and metallic-tasting, poisonous powder or granules, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing textiles and leather, and in medicine as an expectorant, for inducing vomiting, and for infections by schistosomes.
Origin of tartar emetic
First recorded in 1695–1705
Also called antimony potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyl tartrate.
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Examples from the Web for potassium antimonyl tartrate
Calomel and tartar-emetic were administered, but without any effect.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.
Benson J. Lossing
Dressed it with tartar-emetic ointment until the skin was very sore; using iodine on other puts of the knee.Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society
Joseph Bradford Cox
- another name for antimony potassium tartrate
- A poisonous crystalline compound used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.
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