tartar emetic


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tartar emetic,

poisonous, odorless, transparent rhombic crystals or white powder with a metallic, sweetish taste. Chemically, it is potassium antimony tartrate, KSbC4H4O7· 1-2H2O. It is used as a mordant in dyeing. Medically, it was formerly used as an emetic and expectorant, to produce sweating, and in the treatment of several diseases, but had frequent toxic side effects.

tartar emetic

[′tärd·ər i′med·ik]
(organic chemistry)
K(SbO)C4H4O6·½H2O A transparent crystalline compound, soluble in water; used to attract and kill moths, wasps, and yellow jackets. Also known as antimony potassium tartrate; potassium antimonyl tartrate.
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Frezard, "Enhanced schistosomicidal efficacy of tartar emetic encapsulated in pegylated liposomes," International Journal of Pharmaceutics, vol.
Kato et al., "Reduced cardiovascular alterations of tartar emetic administered in long-circulating liposomes in rats," Toxicology Letters, vol.
The regurgitation method, with tartar emetic (1%) in a dosage of 1 mL to 100 g body weight, was performed to obtain dietary data (Poulin and Lefebvre, 1995; Duraes and Marini, 2003).
Although this is a book of larger ideas and reverberating themes, it is also a delight in its thousand details - the supplies of ships (plum puddings, brandy, heaps of hand-knitted socks, hundreds of pounds of pemmican, knives and needles to barter with the Esquimaux), the hospitality of the Esquimaux women, who reach out with tattooed hands to offer musk-ox horn tea and boiled caribou, the medical treatments for maladies of the day (tartar emetic, mercurous chloride, syrup of squill, tincture of opium).