Potassium Bitartrate
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Title: Potassium Bitartrate
CAS Registry Number: 868-14-4
Additional Names: Potassium acid tartrate; acid potassium tartrate; potassium hydrogen tartrate; cream of tartar; cremor tartari; faecula; faecla
Molecular Formula: C4H5KO6
Molecular Weight: 188.18
Percent Composition: C 25.53%, H 2.68%, K 20.78%, O 51.01%
Line Formula: KHC4H4O6
Literature References: Obtained from the sediments in the manuf of wine, known as argols or wine lees. The salt is at least 99.5% pure. See also Argol and Tartaric Acid.
Properties: Colorless crystals or white, cryst powder; pleasant acidulous taste. One gram dissolves in 162 ml water, in 16 ml boiling water, 8820 ml alcohol; readily sol in dil mineral acids, in solns of alkalies or borax. Soly in water also given as about 0.4% at 10° to about 6% at 100°.
Use: Largely in baking powders; coloring metals, galvanic tinning of metals; reducer of CrO3 in mordants for wool.
Therap-Cat: Cathartic.
Therap-Cat-Vet: Laxative, diuretic.
Keywords: Laxative/Cathartic.

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