cathartic acid
cathartin ca*thar"tin, n. (Chem.) The bitter, purgative principle of senna. It is a glucoside with the properties of a weak acid; -- called also {cathartic acid}, and {cathartina}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Cathartic — Ca*thar tic, Catharical Ca*thar ic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to cleanse, fr. ? pure; akin to F. chaste.] 1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acid salt — Salt Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiglic acid — [tig′lik] n. [< ModL tiglium, croton oil plant < Gr tilos, thin feces (the seeds have a cathartic effect) < IE * ti , var. of base * ta , to melt > THAW] a fragrant, poisonous, monobasic acid, CH3CH:C(CH3)COOH, usually derived from… …   English World dictionary

  • Catharical — Cathartic Ca*thar tic, Catharical Ca*thar ic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to cleanse, fr. ? pure; akin to F. chaste.] 1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cathartin — ca*thar tin, n. (Chem.) The bitter, purgative principle of senna. It is a glucoside with the properties of a weak acid; called also {cathartic acid}, and {cathartina}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cathartina — cathartin ca*thar tin, n. (Chem.) The bitter, purgative principle of senna. It is a glucoside with the properties of a weak acid; called also {cathartic acid}, and {cathartina}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Salt — In medicine, salt usually refers to sodium chloride, table salt, used for seasoning food, for the preservation of meat, etc. Salt is found in the earth and in sea water and is isolated by evaporation and crystallization from sea water and other… …   Medical dictionary

  • rhubarb — /rooh bahrb/, n. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Rheum, of the buckwheat family, as R. officinale, having a medicinal rhizome, and R. rhabarbarum, having edible leafstalks. 2. the rhizome of any medicinal species of this plant,… …   Universalium

  • Potassium — The major positive ion (cation) found inside of cells. The chemical notation for potassium is K+. The proper level of potassium is essential for normal cell function. An abnormal increase of potassium (hyperkalemia) or decrease of potassium… …   Medical 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

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