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Encyclopedia > Epsom salt

Magnesium sulfate (commonly called Epsom salts in hydrated form) is a chemical compound with the formula MgSO47H2O.


Origin

Epsom salt was originally prepared by boiling down mineral waters at Epsom, England and afterwards prepared from sea water. In more recent times, these salts are obtained from certain minerals such as siliceous hydrate of magnesia. It is used as a therapeutic bath.


Medical use

It is taken orally as a laxative, and to treat heartburn or constipation.


Intravenous use is broadening, as magnesium sulfate reduces striated muscle contractions and blocks peripheral neuromuscular transmission by reducing acetylcholine release at the myoneural junction. Indications for its use are:


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Epsom salts - definition of Epsom salts in Encyclopedia (167 words)
Epsom salt was originally prepared by boiling down mineral waters at Epsom, England and afterwards prepared from sea water.
In more recent times, these salts are obtained from certain minerals such as siliceous hydrate of magnesia.
It is used as a therapeutic bath, taken orally as a laxative, and to treat heartburn or constipation, and injected to prevent seizures (especially eclampsia, for which it is the most effective therapy).
AllRefer.com - Epsom salts, Compound & Element (Compounds And Elements) - Encyclopedia (183 words)
O, a water-soluble bitter-tasting compound that occurs as white or colorless needle-shaped crystals.
It was first prepared from the waters of mineral springs at Epsom, England; it also occurs as the mineral epsomite.
Epsom salts is used medicinally as a purgative; it is also used in leather tanning, mordant dyeing, and as a filler in cotton goods and paper.
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