noun[mass noun] Medicine
A brown powder used as an antiseptic for external application, consisting of a complex of polyvinylpyrrolidone and iodine.
- 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.
1950s: povidone, contraction of polyvinylpyrrolidone.
Definition of povidone iodine in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.