Magnesia

Definition of Magnesia

Mag`ne´si`a
n.1.(Chem.) A light earthy white substance, consisting of magnesium oxide (MgO), and obtained by heating magnesium hydrate or carbonate, or by burning magnesium. It has a slightly alkaline reaction, and is used in medicine as a mild antacid laxative. See Magnesium.
Magnesia alba
(Med. Chem.) a bulky white amorphous substance, consisting of a hydrous basic carbonate of magnesium, and used as a mild cathartic.

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atomic number 12, magnesium, magnesium oxide, Mg, mineral, periclase
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