zinc sulfate


noun Chemistry.

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.

Nearby words

  1. zinc green,
  2. zinc ointment,
  3. zinc oxide,
  4. zinc phosphide,
  5. zinc stearate,
  6. zinc sulfide,
  7. zinc sulphate,
  8. zinc white,
  9. zinc-65,
  10. zincate

Origin of zinc sulfate

First recorded in 1850–55

Also called white vitriol, zinc vitriol.

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Science definitions for zinc sulfate

zinc sulfate

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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