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Meaning of tartar emetic

tar'tar emet'ic

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— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a white, water-soluble, sweet and metallic-tasting, poisonous powder or granules, CHKOSb, 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
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