Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dover (medicine)

Dover (pronounced: /ˈdoʊvər/) is a term used in medicine, specifically in reference to the compound Dover's Powder.


The term Dover in this context is derived from the name of its inventor, Dr. Thomas Dover, an English physician in the 18th century.


Dover's Powder is a traditional medicine that was commonly used as a treatment for various ailments. It is a compound of Ipecacuanha, Opium, and Potassium Sulfate.


Historically, Dover's Powder was used as a sweating agent, a pain reliever, and a sedative. It was also used to treat conditions such as fever, cough, and rheumatism.

Related Terms

  • Ipecacuanha: A plant from which one of the components of Dover's Powder is derived. It is known for its emetic properties.
  • Opium: A narcotic drug that is used in medicine as an analgesic and a sedative.
  • Potassium Sulfate: A non-flammable white crystalline salt which is soluble in water. It is commonly used in fertilizers, providing both potassium and sulfur.
  • Sweating: The process by which the body cools itself down, often used in medicine as a method of detoxification.
  • Pain Reliever: A type of medication that is used to alleviate pain.
  • Sedative: A substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement.
  • Fever: A temporary increase in body temperature, often due to an illness.
  • Cough: A common reflex action that clears the throat of mucus or foreign irritants.
  • Rheumatism: An umbrella term for conditions causing chronic, often intermittent pain affecting the joints and/or connective tissue.

External links


This WikiMD dictionary article is a stub. You can help make it a full article.

Languages: - East Asian 中文, 日本, 한국어, South Asian हिन्दी, Urdu, বাংলা, తెలుగు, தமிழ், ಕನ್ನಡ,
Southeast Asian Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, မြန်မာဘာသာ, European español, Deutsch, français, русский, português do Brasil, Italian, polski