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 tartaric acid that are mixed in water and drunk as a mild cathartic

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  • 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 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 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

  • 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 — /sed lits/ a mild laxative consisting of tartaric acid, sodium bicarbonate, and Rochelle salt, which are dissolved separately, mixed, and drunk after effervescence. [1805 15; arbitrarily named after a Bohemian village] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 Pulver — (S. Powders), Brausepulver (s.d.) mit einem Zusatz von Mittelsalzen; nach einer weitverbreiteten Vorschrift bestehen sie aus 35 Gran Weinsteinsäure, welche gerieben in weißen Kapseln, u. Ʒij Seignettesalz (Tartarus natronatus), mit Э ij doppelt… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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