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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An iodine compound obtained as a yellowish gray, odorless, tasteless powder by the action of iodine on phenolphthalein.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pale-yellow odorless and tasteless compound, obtained by the action of iodine on a solution of phenolphtalein: an antiseptic dusting-powder. Also called tetraiodophenolphtalein and iodophen.


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  • Tannic acid, or some antiseptic powder like nosophen, should be dusted along the edge of the nail, and the flesh crowded away from the nail by pushing in a little cotton with some tannic acid upon it.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)


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