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acriflavine

[ak-ruh-fley-vin, -veen] /ˌæk rəˈfleɪ vɪn, -vin/
noun, Chemistry
1.
an orange-brown, granular solid, C 14 H 14 N 3 Cl: used chiefly in medicine as an antiseptic.
Also called neutral acriflavine, euflavine, trypaflavine neutral.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; acri(dine) + -flavin
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British Dictionary definitions for acriflavine

acriflavine

/ˌækrɪˈfleɪvɪn; -viːn/
noun
1.
a brownish or orange-red powder used in medicine as an antiseptic and disinfectant. Formula: C14H14N3Cl
Word Origin
C20: from acridine + flavin
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acriflavine in Medicine

acriflavine ac·ri·fla·vine (āk'rə-flā'vēn', -vĭn)
n.
A brown or orange powder derived from acridine and used as a topical antiseptic.

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Encyclopedia Article for acriflavine

dye obtained from coal tar, introduced as an antiseptic in 1912 by the German medical-research worker Paul Ehrlich and used extensively in World War I to kill the parasites that cause sleeping sickness. The hydrochloride and the less irritating base, neutral acriflavine, both are odourless, reddish-brown powders used in dilute aqueous solutions primarily as topical antiseptics or given orally as urinary antiseptics. Once used in the treatment of gonorrhea, acriflavine has been replaced by the antibiotics.

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