Epsom salts
Epsom salts Ep"som salts` or Epsom salt Ep"som salt` (Med.) Sulphate of magnesia having cathartic qualities; -- originally prepared by boiling down the mineral waters at Epsom, England, -- whence the name; afterwards prepared from sea water; but now from certain minerals, as from siliceous hydrate of magnesia. [1913 Webster]

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  • Epsom Salts —    Epsom salts is the name for a crystalline salt of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. Discovered near the town of Epsom, England, about 1618, it, is used internally as a laxative and externally as a soaking aid for bruises, sprains, and local… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Epsom salts — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ crystals of hydrated magnesium sulphate used as a laxative. ORIGIN named after the town of Epsom in Surrey, where the salts were first found occurring naturally …   English terms dictionary

  • Epsom salts — or Epsom salt n. 〚after EPSOM〛 a white, crystalline salt, magnesium sulfate, MgSO4·7H2O, used as a cathartic * * * …   Universalium

  • Epsom salts — magnesium sulphate, 1770, obtained from Epsom water, the water of a mineral spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, the medicinal properties of which were discovered in Elizabethan times. The place name is recorded c.973 as Ebbesham, lit. Ebbi s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Epsom salts — or Epsom salt n. [after EPSOM] a white, crystalline salt, magnesium sulfate, MgSO4·7H2O, used as a cathartic …   English World dictionary

  • Epsom salts — n pl but sing in constr a bitter white crystalline salt MgSO4·7H2O that is a hydrated magnesium sulfate with cathartic properties called also bitter salts …   Medical dictionary

  • Epsom salts — 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

  • Epsom salts — n. a preparation of magnesium sulphate used as a purgative etc. Etymology: Epsom in Surrey, where it was first found occurring naturally * * * Epsom salts f19 [ˌepsəm ˈsɔːlts] [ˌepsəm ˈsɔːlts] noun plural a white powder that can be mixed with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Epsom salts — [[t]e̱psəm sɔ͟ːlts[/t]] N UNCOUNT Epsom salts is a kind of white powder which you can mix with water and drink as a medicine to help you empty your bowels …   English dictionary

  • Epsom salts — Ep|som salts [ˌepsəm ˈso:lts US ˈso:lts] n [plural] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Epsom, town in southern England with a supply of water in which the substance was found] a white powder that can be mixed with water and used as a medicine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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