noun(also Glauber's salts)
A crystalline hydrated form of sodium sulfate, used chiefly as a laxative.
- Having experienced a mild diarrheal illness for several days, he had attempted to cure himself of this ailment that morning with a dose of Glauber's salts (sodium sulfate, similar to Epsom's salt), a laxative.
- This includes various seaweeds such as kelp or dulse, certain mineral salts such as sodium sulfate (Glauber's salts) and certain plants.
- Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate MgSO 4 7H 2 O) and Glauber's salt (sodium sulfate decahydrate Na 2 SO 4 10H 2 O) are examples of hydrates.
Mid 18th century: named after Johann R. Glauber (1604–1668), the German chemist who first produced the substance artificially.
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