carbolic acid


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Recent Examples on the Web Her hands were breaking out due to the use of carbolic acid and other harsh antiseptics in the hospital. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 Then Lister invented antisepsis—a technique involving carbolic acid that stopped surgical patients from getting life-threatening infections. Matt Beane, Wired, "To Adapt to Tech, We're Heading Into the Shadows," 8 June 2020 In 1922, engineers at the Water Department of Cleveland did tests of the city’s drinking water to respond to claims that the water tasted medicinal or like carbolic acid. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969," 19 June 2019 The antiseptic Lister ends up using is carbolic acid, which is extracted from coal tar, of all places. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Gruesome, Bloody World of Victorian Surgery," 22 Oct. 2017 Infection rates plummeted when Lister used carbolic acid to wash hands and scalpels, to dress wounds, and to sterilize sutures. John J. Ross, WSJ, "Review: ‘The Butchering Art’ Resurrects Joseph Lister," 13 Oct. 2017 Lister found that cleansing the wound with carbolic acid cut the amputation rate to 9%. John J. Ross, WSJ, "Review: ‘The Butchering Art’ Resurrects Joseph Lister," 13 Oct. 2017 But the saint has also drawn critics who have dismissed him as a self-mutilating hoaxer who exploited people’s credulity and caused his wounds with carbolic acid. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "A Saint’s Remains and the Pope’s Choir at St. Patrick’s Cathedral," 15 Sep. 2017 On the other hand, nine of those 10 odorants for which dogs are clearly more sensitive than humans are carbolic acids. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of carbolic acid

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbolic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary carb- + Latin oleum oil — more at oil

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“Carbolic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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