tartar emetic


noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

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.

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Also called antimony potassium tartrate, antimonyl potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyl tartrate .

Origin of tartar emetic

First recorded in 1695–1705
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British Dictionary definitions for tartar emetic

tartar emetic

noun

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Medical definitions for tartar emetic

tartar emetic

n.

A poisonous crystalline compound used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.
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