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Whitfield's ointment

noun Whit·field's ointment \ ˈ(h)wit-ˌfēldz- \
variants: also Whitfield ointment play \-ˌfēld-\

medical Definition of Whitfield's ointment

:an ointment that contains benzoic acid and salicylic acid and is used for its keratolytic effect in treating fungal skin diseases (as ringworm)

Biographical Note for whitfield's ointment

  • Whitfield, Arthur (1868–1947), British dermatologist. Whitfield was a London professor of dermatology and the author of numerous articles on skin diseases. In 1907 he published a handbook of skin diseases and their treatment. The handbook introduced an antiseptic ointment composed of benzoic and salicylic acids and petrolatum and used for the treatment of fungus infections.

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