• WordNet 3.6
    • n iodoform a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odor; sometimes used as an antiseptic dressing
    • n iodoform sweet smelling yellow solid haloform CHI3
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Iodoform (Chem) A yellow, crystalline, volatile substance, CI3H, having an offensive odor and sweetish taste, and analogous to chloroform. It is used in medicine as a healing and antiseptic dressing for wounds and sores.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n iodoform A solid compound (CHI3) analogous to chloroform, produced by the action of iodine with alkalis or alkali carbonates on alcohol. It forms lemon-yellow crystals, with an odor like that of saffron, which are somewhat volatile at the ordinary temperature, insoluble in water, but readily soluble in alcohol and ether. It is an anesthetic and antiseptic, and has been considerably used in surgical dressings.
    • iodoform To apply iodoform to; impregnate with iodoform.
    • n iodoform This substance, much used in surgery, is now prepared electrolytically from a mixed solution of alcohol with an alkaline carbonate and iodide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Iodoform a lemon-yellow crystalline substance, having a saffron-like odour and an unpleasant iodine-like taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Iodo-, + formyl., See Formyl, and cf. Chloroform
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ioeidēs, violet-coloured—ion, a violet, eidos, form.


In literature:

A faint suggestion of iodoform floats in the air.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
But the odor of the drugs, iodoform and phenic acid, brought me back to a sense of reality.
"The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories" by Leo Tolstoi
ARKADINA goes to the cupboard and takes out a box of bandages and a bottle of iodoform.
"The Sea-Gull" by Anton Checkov
I've put iodoform on my handkerchief every morning to prove it.
"The House of Mystery" by William Henry Irwin
There was an odour more oppressive than the smell of incense or the penetrating fumes of iodoform.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The air smelt of iodoform.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Some recommend finely powdered iodoform sprinkled over the surface of the sore.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
I plugged the bullet-hole with an iodoform wad and stopped the bleeding.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
There is a clergyman from Chelsea Seminary talking to a doctor smelling of iodoform.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
To inject iodoform, the needle is inserted immediately below the radial or the ulnar styloid process.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles