Seidlitz water
Seidlitz Seid"litz, a. Of or pertaining to Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia. [Written also {Sedlitz}.] [1913 Webster]

{Seidlitz powders}, effervescing salts, consisting of two separate powders, one of which contains forty grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed with two drachms of Rochell? salt (tartrate of potassium and sodium) and the other contains thirty-five grains of tartaric acid. The powders are mixed in water, and drunk while effervescing, as a mild cathartic; -- so called from the resemblance to the natural water of Seidlitz. Called also {Rochelle powders}.

{Seidlitz water}, a natural water from Seidlitz, containing magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium sulphates, with calcium carbonate and a little magnesium chloride. It is used as an aperient. [1913 Webster]


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  • Seidlitz — Seid litz, a. Of or pertaining to Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia. [Written also {Sedlitz}.] [1913 Webster] {Seidlitz powders}, effervescing salts, consisting of two separate powders, one of which contains forty grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seidlitz powders — Seidlitz Seid litz, a. Of or pertaining to Seidlitz, a village in Bohemia. [Written also {Sedlitz}.] [1913 Webster] {Seidlitz powders}, effervescing salts, consisting of two separate powders, one of which contains forty grains of sodium… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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 — [ 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 …   English new terms 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 — Seid′litz pow ders [[t]ˈsɛd lɪts[/t]] n. pl. pha a mild laxative consisting of tartaric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and Rochelle salt dissolved separately, mixed, and drunk after effervescence • Etymology: 1805–15; alluding to mineral water from… …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • Seidlitz powders — Seid·litz powders sed ləts n pl effervescing salts that consist of two separate powders with one made up of 40 grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed with 2 drams of Rochelle salt and the other of 35 grains of tartaric acid and that are mixed in… …   Medical dictionary

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