Epsom salts

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Epsom salts (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
    • n Epsom salts hydrated magnesium sulfate that is taken orally to treat heartburn and constipation and injected to prevent seizures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epsom salts See in the Vocabulary.
    • Epsom salts (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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Epsom salts magnesium sulphate, a cathartic
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sealt; cf. Ger. salz, also L. sal, Gr. hals.

Usage

In literature:

That meant either Epsom salts, quinine, or a little excursion with the lancet and permanganate.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
The height above the sea is 1800 feet, and the taste of the water is like a weak solution of Epsom salts.
"A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries And of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa (1858-1864)" by David Livingstone
Sulphur springs with Epsom salts in combination are nearly as common.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884" by Various
Saturate milk with Epsom salts, or common salt.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The action and efficacy of Epsom salts may be greatly increased by adding one grain of tartar emetic to a dose of salts.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
So I recommended a dose of Epsom salts.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
A dose of Epsom salts occasionally might prove beneficial.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Give an emetic, then follow with cathartics, such as castor oil, and epsom salts especially.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Epsom salts, niter and alum have been obtained from the earth of the cave.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Epsom salts baths have little effect.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
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In news:

Kptm.com New 'Crafts' Page Added To Epsom Salt Council's Website.
The Epsom Salt Council invites you to learn more by visiting their website at www.epsomsaltcouncil.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ epsomsalt , or contact Peter Smolowitz directly at 704 916-6163 or e-mail him at psmolowitz@mower.com.
Sprinkle epsom salt around the garbage cans – they HATE the taste and will eventually stop coming around.
A solution of 1 cup Epsom salts to 1 gallon of water, applied with a watering can or sprayer, seems to give roses of every description a boost.
Bath salts is the innocuous name given to a group of designer drugs that resemble Epsom salts.
Basic Epsom salts give blue candles an icy charm.
Follow with a calming sea or Epsom salt bath.
In a large bowl mix 2 cups Epsom salts and 1 cup baking soda.
"Bath salts " resemble bath crystals or Epsom salt (shown).
Most tanks use Epsom salt, which is what allows the subject to float.
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