Tartar emetic
Tartar Tar"tar, n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., & It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ?); perhaps of Arabic origin.] 1. (Chem.) A reddish crust or sediment in wine casks, consisting essentially of crude cream of tartar, and used in marking pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in dyeing, as a mordant for woolen goods; -- called also {argol}, {wine stone}, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime. [1913 Webster]

{Cream of tartar}. (Chem.) See under {Cream}.

{Tartar emetic} (Med. Chem.), a double tartrate of potassium and basic antimony. It is a poisonous white crystalline substance having a sweetish metallic taste, and used in medicine as a sudorific and emetic. [1913 Webster]


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  • tartar emetic — n a poisonous efflorescent crystalline salt KSbOC4H4O6·1/2H2O of sweetish metallic taste that is used in dyeing as a mordant and esp. formerly in medicine as an expectorant, anthelmintic, and emetic called also antimony potassium tartrate,… …   Medical dictionary

  • tartar emetic — n. antimony potassium tartrate, K(SbO)C4H4O6·1/ 2H2O, a poisonous, odorless, white salt used in medicine to cause expectoration, vomiting, and perspiration, and in dyeing as a mordant …   English World dictionary

  • tartar emetic — antimonilo kalio tartratas statusas T sritis chemija formulė KOOC(CHOH)₂COOSbO·0,5H₂O atitikmenys: angl. antimonyl potassium tartrate; tartar emetic rus. рвотный камень …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • tartar emetic — noun Date: circa 1704 a poisonous efflorescent crystalline salt C8H4K2O12Sb2{bull}3H2O of sweetish metallic taste that is used in dyeing as a mordant and especially formerly in medicine as an emetic and expectorant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tartar emetic — tar′tar emet ic n. chem. pha a poisonous powder, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing and in medicine as an expectorant, emetic, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • tartar emetic — /tatər əˈmɛtɪk/ (say tahtuhr uh metik) noun potassium antimonyl tartrate, K(SbO)C4H4O6.½H2O, a poisonous salt with a sweetish metallic taste, occurring in white crystals or as a white granular powder, formerly used in medicine, as an expectorant… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tartar emetic — Chem., Pharm. a white, water soluble, sweet and metallic tasting, poisonous powder or granules, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing textiles and leather, and in medicine as an expectorant, for inducing vomiting, and for infections by… …   Universalium

  • tartar emetic — noun A poisonous salt, potassium antimonyl tartrate, used as an expectorant …   Wiktionary

  • tartar emetic — potassium antimony tartrate …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • tartar emetic — noun potassium antimony tartrate, a toxic compound used in dyeing and to treat protozoal disease in animals …   English new terms dictionary

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