tartar emetic

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
  1. 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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tartar emetic

noun
  1. another name for antimony potassium tartrate
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potassium antimonyl tartrate in Medicine

tartar emetic

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