formalin

noun for·ma·lin \ ˈfȯr-mə-lən , -ˌlēn \

Definition of formalin

:a clear aqueous solution of formaldehyde and methanol used especially as a preservative

Origin and Etymology of formalin

Formalin, a trademark


Medical Dictionary

formalin

noun for·ma·lin \ ˈfȯr-mə-lən, -ˌlēn \

medical Definition of formalin

:a clear aqueous solution of formaldehyde containing a small amount of methanol

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up formalin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!