Definition of saleratus in English:


Line breaks: sal¦er|atus
Pronunciation: /ˌsaləˈreɪtəs


[mass noun] US dated
  • Sodium bicarbonate (or sometimes potassium bicarbonate) as the main ingredient of baking powder.
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    • Saleratus was adopted by the medical community as a safe and effective treatment for acid stomach.
    • Industrially saleratus was made by combining pearlash with carbonic acid. However pioneers heading west did manage to stumble across naturally-occurring deposits of it from time to time (Saleratus Lake, Wyoming was one such place).


mid 19th century: from modern Latin sal aeratus 'aerated salt'.

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