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tar'tar emet'ic



Chem., Pharm.
a white, water-soluble, sweet and metallic-tasting, poisonous powder or granules, C4H4KO7Sb, used as a mordant for dyeing textiles and leather, and in medicine as an expectorant, for inducing vomiting, and for infections by schistosomes. Also called antimony potassium tartrate, potassium antimonyl tartrate.

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