Seidlitz powder

['sɛdlɪts]
noun a laxative preparation containing tartaric acid, sodium potassium tartrate, and sodium bicarbonate which effervesces when mixed with water.
Origin
C18: named with ref. to the mineral water of Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia.

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  • Seidlitz powder — is the name with which is commonly known a medication composed by a mixture of tartaric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium sodium tartrate, used as a mild cathartic by dissolving in water and drinking. After ingestion, the powder combines… …   Wikipedia

  • Seidlitz powder — n. (US Seidlitz powders) a laxative medicine of two powders mixed separately with water and then poured together to effervesce. Etymology: named with ref. to the mineral water of Seidlitz in Bohemia …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seidlitz powder — /ˈsɛdlɪts paʊdə/ (say sedlits powduh) noun an aperient consisting of two powders, one tartaric acid and the other a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt, which are dissolved separately, mixed, and drunk while effervescing. {named after …   Australian English dictionary

  • seidlitz-powder — n. Rochelle powder …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Seidlitz powders — [sed′lits] n. [so named because their properties are said to resemble those of natural waters from the spring at Sedlčany (Ger Seidlitz), Czech Republic] a laxative composed of two powders, one of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt, the other… …   English World dictionary

  • Seidlitz powders — noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic • Syn: ↑Seidlitz powder, ↑Rochelle powder • Hypernyms: ↑purgative, ↑cathartic, ↑physic, ↑aperient * * * ˈsedlə̇ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seidlitz powders — noun plural Etymology: Sedlitz (Sedlčany), village in Bohemia; from the similarity of their effect to that of the water of the village Date: 1815 effervescing salts consisting of one powder of sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and another of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ro|chelle powder — «roh SHEHL», = Seidlitz powder. (Cf. ↑Seidlitz powder) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sed|litz powder — or Sed|litz powders «SEHD lihts», = Seidlitz powder. (Cf. ↑Seidlitz powder) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rochelle powder — noun an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic • Syn: ↑Seidlitz powder, ↑Seidlitz powders • Hypernyms: ↑purgative, ↑cathartic, ↑physic, ↑aperient …   Useful english dictionary

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