Dover’s powder Word Origin noun Pharmacology.
- a powder containing ipecac and opium, used as an anodyne, diaphoretic, and antispasmodic.
Origin of Dover’s powder 1795–1805; named after T. Dover (1660–1742), English physician British Dictionary definitions for dover’s powder Dover’s powder noun
- a preparation of opium and ipecacuanha, formerly used to relieve pain, induce sweating, and check spasms
Word Origin for Dover’s powder C19: named after Thomas Dover (1660–1742), English physician