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British Anti-Lewisite

noun, Chemistry


[dahy-mer-kap-rawl, -rol] /ˌdaɪ mərˈkæp rɔl, -rɒl/
noun, Chemistry
a colorless, oily, viscous liquid, C 3 H 8 OS 2 , originally developed as an antidote to lewisite and now used in treating bismuth, gold, mercury, and arsenic poisoning.
Also called BAL, British Anti-Lewisite.
Origin of dimercaprol
1945-50; contraction of di-mercapto-propanol (mercapto- combining form of mercaptan) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for British Anti-Lewisite


a colourless oily liquid with an offensive smell, used as an antidote to lewisite and similar toxic substances. Formula: CH2(SH)CH(SH)CH2OH Also called BAL
Word Origin
C20: by shortening and altering from dimercaptopropanol
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British Anti-Lewisite in Medicine

British anti-lewisite Brit·ish anti-lewisite (brĭt'ĭsh)
See dimercaprol.

dimercaprol di·mer·cap·rol (dī'mər-kāp'rôl, -rōl)
A chelating agent developed as an antidote for lewisite and other arsenical poisons, also used as an antidote for antimony, bismuth, chromium, mercury, gold, and nickel poisoning. Also called anti-lewisite, British anti-lewisite.

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