One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘But neither of these qualifies: lime is calcium oxide, a compound of calcium and oxygen, and magnesia is magnesium oxide.’
- 1.1 Hydrated magnesium carbonate used as an antacid and laxative.
- ‘Some further experimentation, and some work with a pill-pressing machine, provided Astor with two part-filled bottles, one labelled milk of magnesia and the other labelled soluble aspirin.’
- ‘My doctor suggested I use milk of magnesia to combat constipation.’
- ‘I had a colonoscopy last fall and the doctor said that I could take milk of magnesia as often as needed.’
- ‘Another option to help reduce discomfort and speed healing is dabbing a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide directly on the sore, followed by a bit of milk of magnesia.’
- ‘Or sometimes medicine such as milk of magnesia can be mixed with chocolate or strawberry-flavored milk.’
Late Middle English (referring to a mineral said to be an ingredient of the philosopher's stone): via medieval Latin from Greek Magnēsia, denoting a mineral from Magnesia in Asia Minor.
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