dimethyl sulfoxide

noun

Definition of dimethyl sulfoxide 

: a compound C2H6SO obtained as a by-product in wood-pulp manufacture and used as a solvent and in medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent

called also DMSO

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For the electrolyte, the researchers used a mixture of organic chemicals that had been demonstrated in earlier work (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate mixed with dimethyl sulfoxide). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New lithium-air battery survives hundreds of cycles," 22 Mar. 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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dimethyl sulfoxide

noun

Medical Definition of dimethyl sulfoxide 

: an anti-inflammatory agent (CH3)2SO used in the treatment of interstitial cystitis

called also DMSO

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