Seidlitz powder


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Seidlitz powder

(ˈsɛdlɪts) or

Seidlitz powders

n
(Pharmacology) a laxative consisting of two powders, tartaric acid and a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt (sodium potassium tartrate). Also called: Rochelle powder
[C19: named after Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia with mineral springs having similar laxative effects]
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Noun1.Seidlitz powder - an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
aperient, cathartic, physic, purgative - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
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Here the man proceeded to mend his pen with great deliberation, while another clerk, who was mixing a Seidlitz powder, under cover of the lid of his desk, laughed approvingly.
In the pharmaceutical industry, Sodium Potassium Tartrate is used in the form of Seidlitz powders as a mild purgative.