Definition of iodoform in English:


Line breaks: iodo|form
Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈəʊdə(ʊ)fɔːm
, ˈʌɪədə(ʊ)-, ʌɪˈɒdə(ʊ)-/


[mass noun]
  • A volatile pale yellow sweet-smelling crystalline organic compound of iodine, with antiseptic properties.
    • Alternative name: triiodomethane; chemical formula: CHI3
    More example sentences
    • Iodoform is harmful by ingestion, inhalation and through skin contact.
    • In general it may be stated that iodoform is now used in all the wounds, injuries, diseases, requiring the action of an antiseptic.


mid 19th century: from iodine, on the pattern of chloroform.

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