carbolic acid

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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

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