Epsom salts

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Named after Epsom in Surrey, England; the city had a spring which gave forth bitter saline water containing the compound.

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Epsom salts (uncountable)

  1. Common name for magnesium sulfate. Used as a laxative and in the preparation of tofu as a coagulator. Formerly commonly used as a medicated soaking solution.

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