milk of magnesia

a milky white suspension in water of magnesium hydroxide, Mg (OH)2, used as an antacid or laxative.
[1875-80; formerly trademark]

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  • Milk of Magnesia — is an aqueous suspension of magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH)2 in water. Milk of Magnesia is a saline osmotic (hydrating) laxative. The name derives from the suspension s milky white appearance and the magnesium in its composition.HistoryThe term Milk… …   Wikipedia

  • milk of magnesia — n a milk white suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water used as an antacid and laxative called also magnesia magma * * * [USP] a suspension of magnesium hydroxide, used as an antacid and laxative …   Medical dictionary

  • Milk of Magnesia™ — [Milk of Magnesia] noun [U] a white medicine, in the form of ↑tablets or liquid, for treating stomach problems such as ↑indigestion …   Useful english dictionary

  • milk of magnesia — 1880, proprietary name for white suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water, taken as an antacid, invented by U.S. chemist Charles Henry Phillips. Herbal or culinary preparations resembling milk had been similarly named (e.g. milk of almond)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • milk of magnesia — n. a milky white fluid, a suspension of magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH) 2, in water, used as a laxative and antacid …   English World dictionary

  • milk of magnesia — milk of mag nesia n [U] a thick white liquid medicine used for stomach problems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • milk of magnesia — milk of mag nesia noun uncount a thick white liquid medicine used for treating stomach illnesses …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • milk of magnesia — milk′ of magne′sia n. pha a milky white suspension in water of magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH)2, used as an antacid or laxative • Etymology: 1875–80; formerly trademark …   From formal English to slang

  • milk of magnesia — Date: 1880 a milky white suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water used as an antacid and laxative …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Milk of Magnesia{™} — n [U] a white medicine, in the form of tablets or liquid, for treating stomach problems such as indigestion. * * * …   Universalium

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