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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.
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Origin of tartar emetic

First recorded in 1695–1705
Also called antimony potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyl tartrate.
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for potassium antimonyl tartrate

tartar emetic

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

tartar emetic

  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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