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Carbolic acid

A toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally.  Synonyms: hydroxybenzene, oxybenzene, phenol, phenylic acid.

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... very powerful, for poison (sulphate of zinc, also used as an eye-wash in Ophthalmia). e. Aperient, mild; 4. ditto, powerful. 5. Cordial for diarrhoea. 6. Quinine for ague. 7. Sudorific (Dover's powder). 8. Chlorodyne. 9. Camphor. 10. Carbolic acid. ...
— The Art of Travel - Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries • Francis Galton

... had been brought differed from the rest of the sheds in the camp by being whitewashed within and without, which made it radiate a still more unendurable heat than its duller-lustered companions. A powerful odor of chloride of lime and carbolic acid shocked her sensitive nostrils with their tales of all the repulsiveness those disinfectants were ...
— The Red Acorn • John McElroy

... own child. And she was fond of me, too, fonder of me than of anybody in the world, she used to tell me, when some man had hurt her bad.... And there was always some man or other, she was so sweet and so pretty.... Well, I found her in the bathroom one day, just ready to drink carbolic acid, to kill ...
— Murder at Bridge • Anne Austin

... does not produce the same result. In order to insure success the application to the lungs must be made continuously. For this purpose Dr. Mackenzie has used various volatile antiseptics, such as creosote, carbolic acid, and thymol. The latter, however, he has discarded as being too irritating and inefficient. Carbolic acid seems to be absorbed, for it has been detected freely in the urine after it had been inhaled; but this does not happen with creosote. As absorption of the particular ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 286 - June 25, 1881 • Various

... our disease terrorists into the position formerly held by leprosy. But the scare of infection, though it sets even doctors talking as if the only really scientific thing to do with a fever patient is to throw him into the nearest ditch and pump carbolic acid on him from a safe distance until he is ready to be cremated on the spot, has led to much greater care and cleanliness. And the net result has been a series of victories ...
— The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors • George Bernard Shaw

... early stages soothing antiseptic gargles are indicated. Later, when the patient is unable to gargle, the inhalation of steam impregnated with the vapour of carbolic acid or friar's balsam, and the application of hot fomentations or a large linseed poultice to the neck may afford relief. When an abscess is formed, it should be opened by means of a fine-pointed pair of sinus forceps, thrust through the soft palate ...
— Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities—Head—Neck. Sixth Edition. • Alexander Miles

... "protector" left the city, frightened by the unwonted activity of the police, due to a wave of reform, that she found her way to the rescue home, and in less than five months after the death of her father she had purchased carbolic acid and deliberately "courted death for the nameless child" ...
— A New Conscience And An Ancient Evil • Jane Addams

... and friends among the dead. The men wore camphor bags under their noses, but frequently became so nauseated that they were forced to stop work. The fire purified the air, however, and disinfectants began to come in in answer to the appeal. The streets were covered with a solution of lime, and carbolic acid was ...
— The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado • Logan Marshall

Words linked to "Carbolic acid" :   dissolving agent, solvent, acid, phenylic acid, resolvent, dissolvent, dissolver

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