barium sulfate

Definition / meaning of barium sulfate

The sulfate salt of barium, an alkaline, divalent metal. Barium sulfate is quite insoluble in water, and is used as a radiopaque agent to diagnose gastrointestinal medical conditions. Barium sulfate is taken by mouth or given rectally.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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