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povidone-iodine

Syllabification: po·vi·done-i·o·dine
Pronunciation: /ˌpōvədōnˈīədīn
 
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Definition of povidone-iodine in English:

noun

Medicine
A brown powder used as an antiseptic for external application, consisting of a complex of polyvinylpyrrolidone and iodine.
Example sentences
  • Skin should be prepared with 1 or 2 percent tincture of iodine or povidone iodine for incision, suture and collection of blood for culture.
  • The traditional hand-scrub consisted of a five-minute scrub with 4 percent povidone iodine or 4 percent chlorhexidine gluconate.
  • The skin is then cleansed with povidone iodine or chlorhexidine solution, making sure to avoid wiping away the skin markings.

Origin

1950s: povidone, contraction of polyvinylpyrrolidone.

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