[ik-tham-awl, -ol; ik-thuh-mawl, -mol]
noun Pharmacology.
a viscous, reddish-brown to brownish-black substance, obtained by the destructive distillation of bituminous shales, used in medicine chiefly as an antiseptic, analgesic, and local stimulant in skin disorders.

1905–10; ichth(yo)- (from ichthyosulfonate) + amm(onium) + -ol1

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