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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: i-o'do-for

Definition: A combination of iodine with a surfactant carrier, usually polyvinylpyrrolidone. Commercial preparations generally contain 1% “available” iodine, which is slowly released to take effect against microorganisms; used as skin disinfectants, particularly for surgical scrubs.

Synonym(s): tamed iodine

[iodine + G. phora, a carrying]

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