merbromin

merbromin

[mer-broh-min]
noun Pharmacology.
an iridescent green, water-soluble powder, C 2 0 H 8 Br 2 HgNa 2 O 6 , that forms a red solution when dissolved in water: used as an antiseptic and as a germicide.

Origin:
1940–45; mer(curic) + brom(o)- + -in2

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merbromin (məˈbrəʊmɪn)
 
n
See also Mercurochrome a green iridescent crystalline compound that forms a red solution in water: used in medicine as an antiseptic. Formula: C20H8Br2HgNa2O6
 
[C20: blend of mercuric + dibromofluorescein]

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merbromin mer·bro·min (mər-brō'mĭn)
n.
A green crystalline organic compound that forms a red aqueous solution, used as a germicide and an antiseptic.

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merbromin

antiseptic used to prevent infection in small cuts and abrasions. Commonly marketed as Mercurochrome, merbromin was the first of a series of antiseptics that contained mercury, a chemical element that disinfects by disrupting the metabolism of a microorganism. Merbromin stains surrounding tissue a brilliant red tinged with a yellow-green fluorescence. It is only a weak antiseptic and has been displaced in medicine by the more effective agents of the series, including nitromersol (Metaphen) and thimerosal (Merthiolate), and by antibiotics.

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