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Whitfield's ointment

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noun Whit·field's ointment \ˈ(h)wit-ˌfēldz-\
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Whitfield ointment

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Medical Definition of Whitfield's ointment

  1. :  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

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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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