Antimonial

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Antimonials, in pre-modern medicine, were remedies principally containing antimony, used chiefly for emetic purposes. They might also have qualified for cathartic, diaphoretic, or simply alterative uses. Such treatments were considered unparalleled in their strength.[1]

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The following passage illustrates the use of the word antimonial to mean emetic in common (as well as medical) terms:

Bumble shook his head, as he replied, "Obstinate people, Mr. Sowerberry; very obstinate. Proud, too, I'm afraid, sir."
"Proud, eh?" exclaimed Mr. Sowerberry with a sneer. "Come, that's too much."
"Oh, it's sickening," replied the beadle. "Antimonial, Mr. Sowerberry!"

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  1. ^ Frézard, Frédéric; Demicheli, Cynthia; Ribeiro, Raul R. (2009). "Pentavalent Antimonials: New Perspectives for Old Drugs". Molecules 14 (7): 2317–36. doi:10.3390/molecules14072317. PMID 19633606.