1. [syn: tartar emetic, antimony potassium tartrate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tartar \Tar"tar\, n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., &
It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ?); perhaps of Arabic
1. (Chem.) A reddish crust or sediment in wine casks,
consisting essentially of crude cream of tartar, and used
in marking pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium
carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in dyeing, as a mordant
for woolen goods; -- called also argol, wine stone,
2. A correction which often incrusts the teeth, consisting of
salivary mucus, animal matter, and phosphate of lime.
Cream of tartar. (Chem.) See under Cream.
Tartar emetic (Med. Chem.), a double tartrate of potassium
and basic antimony. It is a poisonous white crystalline
substance having a sweetish metallic taste, and used in
medicine as a sudorific and emetic.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a poisonous colorless salt used as a mordant and in
medicine [syn: tartar emetic, antimony potassium