from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless hydrated sodium sulfate, Na2SO4·10H2O, used in paper and glass manufacturing and as a cathartic and diuretic.
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- n. sodium sulphate decahydrate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Sulphate of soda, a well-known cathartic. It is a white crystalline substance, with a cooling, slightly bitter taste, and is commonly called “salts.”
- n. See in Vocabulary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Na2SO4.10H2O) a colorless salt used as a cathartic
After Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604-1668), German chemist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the surname of the German iatrochemist Johann Glauber, who manufactured sodium sulphate in 1656, and salt. (Wiktionary)