Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aqueous solution of formaldehyde that is 37 percent by weight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant and to preserve biological specimens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aqueous solution of formaldehyde, used as a preservative in museums and as a disinfectant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trade-name for aqueous or dilute methyl alcoholic solutions of formaldehyde, containing up to 40 per cent. of the latter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a 10% solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant or to preserve biological specimens

Etymologies

Originally a trademark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "All wearing apparel was steamed or soaked in a disinfectant called formalin. No exceptions were made—even for the head of the Yellow Fever Commission."
    —Molly Caldwell Crosby, The American Plague (New York: Berkeley Books, 2006), 148

    October 6, 2008