Definition of surgical spirit in English:

surgical spirit

Line breaks: sur|gi¦cal spirit

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.

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