American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A trademark used for thimerosal.
- n. a light-colored crystalline powder (trade name Merthiolate) used as a surgical antiseptic
“Thimerosal, incidentally, is also known as Merthiolate, mom's replacement for tincture of iodine, and is in a hell of a lot of peoples 'medicine cabinet.”
“Yes, Merthiolate happens to be the trade name for ... thimerosal.”
“As they grew, kids could look forward to an reddish-orange antiseptic that burned a lot more: Merthiolate made them bawl the first few times they experienced it, but the stuff sure killed bacteria and fungus.”
“Other chemicals containing mercury, such as mercurochrome and thimerosal (sold as Merthiolate and other brands), are still used as antiseptics or as preservatives in eye drops, eye ointments, nasal sprays, and vaccines.”
“His search was successful, even to the presence of a bottle of Merthiolate.”
“They mixed the 96° proof alcohol with the peroxide, rum from a variety of bottles and the Merthiolate in an enamel pot.”
“So, Sotelo Villa brought the bottle of peroxide, Guzmaro Collazos some gentian violet, and Prudencio Negrete a little bottle of Merthiolate.”
““It's a wonder you didn't go into shock,” she muttered, painting the wound with Merthiolate and wrapping a piece of an old pillowcase around his arm.”
“Bernice, who had dropped the sword and rushed from the room, now returned with Merthiolate, sterile gauze, and first-aid adhesive.”
“NEVER put alcohol, tincture of iodine, or Merthiolate directly into a wound; doing so will damage the flesh and make healing slower.”
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