Variant of magnesia
- magnesium oxide, MgO, a white, tasteless powder, used as a mild laxative and antacid, and as an insulating substance, in firebrick, etc.
- hydrated magnesium carbonate, also used as a laxative
Origin: ModL magnesia (alba), literally , (white) magnesia (in contrast to Midieval Latin magnesia, a black mineral from Late Greek magnēsia from Magnēsia, Magnesia): term substituted by F. Hoffmann (1660-1742), German physician, for Modern Latin magnes carneus, literally , flesh-magnet (see magnet and amp; carnal): so named from clinging to the lips
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.