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[kuh-loh-dee-uh n] /kəˈloʊ di ən/
a yellowish, viscous, highly flammable solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol: used in the manufacture of photographic film, in engraving and lithography, and in medicine chiefly for cementing dressings and sealing wounds.
Origin of collodion
1850-55; alteration of New Latin collodium < Greek kollṓd(ēs) glutinous (kóll(a) glue + -ōdēs -ode1) + -ium -ium Unabridged
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a colourless or yellow syrupy liquid that consists of a solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol: used in medicine and in the manufacture of photographic plates, lacquers, etc
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin collōdium, from Greek kollōdēs glutinous, from kolla glue
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collodion in Medicine

collodion col·lo·di·on (kə-lō'dē-ən)
A highly flammable, colorless or yellowish syrupy solution of pyroxylin, ether, and alcohol, used as an adhesive to close small wounds and hold surgical dressings, in topical medications, and for making photographic plates.

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