Seidlitz powders


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Seidlitz powders an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seidlitz powders effervescing salts, consisting of two separate powders, one of which contains forty grains of sodium bicarbonate mixed with two drachms of Rochell salt (tartrate of potassium and sodium) and the other contains thirty-five grains of tartaric acid. The powders are mixed in water, and drunk while effervescing, as a mild cathartic; -- so called from the resemblance to the natural water of Seidlitz. Called also Rochelle powders.
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In literature:

This thing, so far as flavour is concerned, is nothing but a Seidlitz powder.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
When the letter is opened you'll see it effervesce like a seidlitz powder.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
Seidlitz powders are usually put up in two papers.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Seidlitz-powders are perhaps a little too strong for frequent use in a tropical climate.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
Just because I gave you a seidlitz powder once.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Therein was a small packet which resembled the familiar wrapper of a seidlitz powder.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
The bowels should be kept open by Rochelle or Epsom salts, or seidlitz powder.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
A quarter of a Seidlitz powder may be taken.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
That comes of training a good horse on Seidlitz powders and bran-mash.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 19 April 1890" by Various
Seidlitz powders come in two packets, one white and one blue.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano