zinc sulfate

noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble powder, ZnSO4⋅7H2O, used for preserving skins and wood, in the electrodeposition of zinc, in the bleaching of paper, as a mordant in calico printing, and in medicine as an astringent, styptic, and emetic.

Origin of zinc sulfate

First recorded in 1850–55
Also called white vitriol, zinc vitriol.

white vitriol

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British Dictionary definitions for white vitriol

white vitriol

noun
  1. another name for zinc sulphate
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white vitriol in Science

zinc sulfate

  1. A colorless crystalline compound used especially in hydrated form as an emetic and astringent, as a fungicide, and in wood and skin preservatives. Chemical formula: ZnSO4.
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