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
Words nearby tartar emetic
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Example sentences from the Web for tartar emetic
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
Calomel and tartar-emetic were administered, but without any effect.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.|Benson J. Lossing
British Dictionary definitions for tartar emetic
another name for antimony potassium tartrate
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Medical definitions for tartar emetic
A poisonous crystalline compound used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.
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