Definitions for magnesium sulfate
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a water-soluble salt, MgSO4, used in medicine and in processing leather and textiles.
Ref: Compare Epsom salt .
a salt of magnesium
The magnesium salt of sulfuric acid (chemical formula MgSO), commonly called Epsom salts.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A small colorless crystal used as an anticonvulsant, a cathartic, and an electrolyte replenisher in the treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. It causes direct inhibition of action potentials in myometrial muscle cells. Excitation and contraction are uncoupled, which decreases the frequency and force of contractions. (From AMA Drug Evaluations Annual, 1992, p1083)
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