Definition of Dover's powder

1. Noun. A medicinal powder made essentially of ipecac and opium; formerly used to relieve pain and induce perspiration.

Generic synonyms: Powder



Definition of Dover's powder

1. Noun. (medicine dated) A powder of ipecac and opium formerly used to treat colds and fevers. ¹

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Medical Definition of Dover's powder

1. 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. Origin: From Dr. Dover, an English physician. (04 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Dover's powder

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1. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1848)
"He was ordered to go into a warm bath, and to have at bed-time two grains of calomel and ten grains of Dover-s powder, and in the morning a purgative ..."

2. The Diseases of children by Fleetwood Churchill (1858)
"... a little Dover-s powder with calomel or James-s powder. Mr. North recommends Dover-s powder when the infant is restless, with stortings and twitchings. ..."

3. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1858)
"When the pulse has lost its tension, and especially if it be rather feeble, advantage will accrue from combining powdered guaiac with the Dover-s powder. ..."

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