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- n. Operculina turpethum, a plant in the morning glory family.
- n. A heavy yellow powder with chemical formula Hg3O2SO4.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The root of Ipomœa Turpethum, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, formerly used in medicine as a purgative; -- sometimes called vegetable turpeth.
- n. A heavy yellow powder, Hg3O2SO4, which consists of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- called also turpeth mineral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The root of Ipomæa (Convolvulus) Turpethum, a plant of Ceylon, Malabar, and Australia, which has a cathartic property. (See Indian jalap, under jalap.) It is sometimes called vegetable turpeth to distinguish it from mineral turpeth.
- n. Turpeth-mineral.—
Dissolved in vitriolic acid, called turpeth mineral, or hydrargyrus vitriolatus.
But turpeth root is seldom used alone, for its action is so uncertain that Sir W. O'Shaughnessy pronounced the plant unworthy of a place in the Pharmacopoeia of
The following treatment has been found very effectual in membranous croup, and is recommended by the highest authorities: Yellow subsulphate of mercury, or turpeth mineral, three to five grains, depending upon the age of the child, for one dose.
If the turpeth mineral cannot be obtained, sulphate of copper or sulphate of zinc may be given instead, as directed under the head of Emetics, in
Action of sulphuric acid, and preparation of the super-sulphate and sub-sulphate -- turpeth mineral.
As one grain of turpeth mineral (vitriolic calx of mercury) mixed with ten grains of fine sugar.
As by stimulating one branch of lymphatics into inverted motion, another branch is liable to absorb its fluid more hastily; suppose strong errhines, as common tobacco snuff to children, or one grain of turpeth mineral, (Hydrargyrus vitriolatus), mixed with ten or fifteen grains of sugar, was gradually blown up the nostrils?
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