Pronunciation: ī′ō-dīn, -dēn
Definition: A nonmetallic chemical element, atomic no. 53, atomic wt. 126.90447; used in the manufacture of iodine compounds and as a catalyst, reagent, tracer, constituent of radiographic contrast media, topical antiseptic, antidote for alkaloidal poisons, and in certain stains and solutions; formerly used for prophylaxis of iodine deficiency.
[G. iōdēs, violet-like, fr. ion, a violet, + eidos, form]