tartar emetic

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an·ti·mo·ny po·tas·si·um tar·trate

a compound used as an expectorant and in the treatment of schistosomiasis japonicum, although the drug is extremely toxic and must be administered slowly intravenously; common toxic manifestations are phlebitis, tachycardia, and hypotension; sudden deaths have been reported, chiefly from circulatory collapse.

tartar emetic

A poisonous crystalline compound, K(SbO)C4H4O6· 1/2 H2O, used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.

tartar emetic

(1) Antimony postassium tartrate. 
(2) Antimony sodium tartrate.


1. the recrystallized sediment of wine casks; crude potassium bitartrate.
2. a yellowish film formed of calcium phosphate and carbonate, food particles, and other organic matter, deposited on the teeth by the saliva. See also dental calculus.

tartar emetic
antimony potassium tartrate; used at one time as an emetic and as a treatment for trypanosomiasis but is very poisonous and is no longer used as an animal medicine.
tartar scraper
manual or mechanical, handheld instruments used to scrape tartar (dental calculus) from the teeth of dogs. There is a variety of tips including triangle, hoe (right and left) and claw. They may be single or double ended.