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.