noun[mass noun] British
- Denatured alcohol, typically perfumed, used for cleaning and disinfecting the skin or medical instruments before an injection or surgical operation.More example sentences
- Perfumes are made in the same way, substituting flower water and surgical spirit or alcohol in place of the base product.
- I'd been putting surgical spirit on my feet to toughen the skin, and I ran out of it.
- The only thing that helps is cleaning the ear canals with cotton buds heavily soaked in surgical spirit.