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[fawr-muh-lin] /ˈfɔr mə lɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a clear, colorless, aqueous solution of 40 percent formaldehyde.
Also called formol.
Origin of formalin
1890-95; formerly a trademark Unabridged
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  • He might drop by an antiques store to buy eerie dolls or emerge from a hobby shop with a jar of snakes or mice cured in formalin.
  • Afterwards, the liquid inside the egg is removed and mixed with an embalming fluid called formalin.
British Dictionary definitions for formalin


a 40 per cent solution of formaldehyde in water, used as a disinfectant, preservative for biological specimens, etc
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formalin in Medicine

formalin for·ma·lin (fôr'mə-lĭn)
An aqueous solution of formaldehyde that is 37 percent by weight.

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