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Noun: iodine  'I-u,dIn or 'I-u-d(u)n [N. Amer], 'I-u,deen [Brit]
  1. A nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
    - iodin, I, atomic number 53
  2. A tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic
    - tincture of iodine

Derived forms: iodines

Type of: antiseptic, chemical element, element, halogen, tincture

Part of: brine, saltwater, seawater

Encyclopedia: Iodine