from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun plural Hydrated magnesium sulfate, MgSO4·7H2O, used as a cathartic and as an agent to reduce inflammation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (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.
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- noun Common name for
magnesium sulfate. Used as a laxativeand in the preparation of tofuas a coagulator. Formerly commonly used as a medicated soaking solution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun hydrated magnesium sulfate that is taken orally to treat heartburn and constipation and injected to prevent seizures
- noun (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Epsom, former name of Epsom and Ewell, England.]
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