tartar emetic


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tartar emetic

n.
A poisonous crystalline compound, K(SbO)C4H4O6· 1/2 H2O, used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.

tartar emetic

n
(Elements & Compounds) another name for antimony potassium tartrate

tar′tar emet`ic


n.
a poisonous powder, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing and in medicine as an expectorant, emetic, etc.
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Noun1.tartar emetic - a poisonous colorless salt used as a mordant and in medicinetartar emetic - a poisonous colorless salt used as a mordant and in medicine
mordant - a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
tartrate - a salt or ester of tartaric acid
References in classic literature ?
"Send for some oil of turpentine and tartar emetic."
The use of the tartar emetic (a trivalent antimonial) for the treatment of mucocutaneous leishmaniasis was first reported in 1913 by Gaspar Vianna [2] and the efficacy against visceral leishmaniasis (VL) was demonstrated by Di Cristina and Caronia in Sicily in 1915 [3], but later, this drug was found to be highly toxic [4].
Though unstated in the official record, Hammond's real "crime" was his removal of calomel and tartar emetic from the Standard Supply Table, showing how decidedly hidebound his colleagues were to the old--even dangerous--remedies of the past.