Medical Dictionary

Lister bag

noun Lis·ter bag

Medical Definition of LISTER BAG

:  a canvas water bag used especially for supplying military troops with chemically purified drinking water

Biographical Note for LISTER BAG

Lyster, William John Le Hunte (1869–1947), American army surgeon. Lyster had a career as a surgeon in the United States Army medical corps. Interested in the field of public health, he began experiments in water purification with the use of sodium hypochlorite. In 1917 he introduced a rubber-lined heavy canvas bag with a tight-fitting cover. A dose of chlorine solution added to the water effected purification within 30 minutes. The Lister bag quickly became a standard piece of army equipment and was used extensively in both world wars.

Variants of LISTER BAG

Lis·ter bag also Lys·ter bag \ˈlis-tər-ˌbag\
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