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blue ointment

 

Definition: a grease-based ointment containing 20% finely divided metallic mercury, formerly widely used for local application to the skin for the destruction of body lice. Risk is associated with transdermal absorption of mercury and a local dermatitis.

Synonym(s): mild mercurial ointment

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