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Dover's powder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dover's powder a medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dover's Powder (Med) A powder of ipecac and opium, compounded, in the United States, with sugar of milk, but in England (as formerly in the United States) with sulphate of potash, and in France (as in Dr. Dover's original prescription) with nitrate and sulphate of potash and licorice. It is an anodyne diaphoretic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dover's powder dō′verz pow′der, a valuable sudorific medicine, compounded of ipecacuanha root, powdered opium, and sulphate of potash.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Dr. Dover, an English physician
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Dr Thomas Dover, 1660-1742.

Usage

In literature:

Hot water is a much better remedy than drugs, paragoric, Dover's powder or morphine.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Hot water is a much better remedy than drugs, paragoric, Dover's powder or morphine.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Decoction of seneka was directed, and small doses of Dover's powder at night.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
In the morning a dose of caster oil, and on the appearance of the menses, the Dover's Powder and mixture as before.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Dover's powder in doses of five grains is useful to assuage cough.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
She could not understand why I denied him a Dover's powder.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Dover's powder Six grains to a scruple.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
DOVER'S POWDER, a preparation frequently used in medical practice to produce perspiration.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The powder is Dover's Powder, to allay fever.
"Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated" by Solon Robinson
Dover's powder, if well borne, should be administered at night.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
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