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Medical Term:

potassium permanganate


Definition: a strong oxidizing agent used in solution as an antiseptic and deodorizing application for malodorous lesions, and formerly as a gastric lavage in poisoning from morphine, strychnine, aconite, and picrotoxin; in electron microscopy, it stains cytomembranes well and gives results similar to lead hydroxide staining; also used as a fixative (Luft).