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  • n. Common name for magnesium sulfate. Used as a laxative and in the preparation of tofu as a coagulator. Formerly commonly used as a medicated soaking solution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. See in the Vocabulary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hydrated magnesium sulfate that is taken orally to treat heartburn and constipation and injected to prevent seizures
  • n. (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative


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