carbolic acid


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carbolic acid a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carbolic acid kar-bol′ik as′id, an acid produced from coal-tar, used as a disinfectant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. carbo, coal.


In literature:

The streets were covered with a solution of lime, and carbolic acid was showered everywhere.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
Remember that carbolic acid is not an acid, and is not antidoted with alkalines.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
The discharges of the patient should be thoroughly disinfected in a solution of carbolic acid, 1-20.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Nothing is better for the borers than the soap and carbolic acid mixture.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
The doctor dressed the limb with a dilution of carbolic acid and fixed it in a plaster bandage.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Carbolized water, 4 drachms; nitric acid, 1 drop; oil of geranium, 1 drop.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Clean the finger nails carefully when through work, washing the hands in warm water containing a few drops of carbolic acid.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
There's a bottle of carbolic acid below, which will be useful, and my pocket-knife has a razor-edge.
"Yorke The Adventurer" by Louis Becke
When we get to camp you shall put some carbolic acid on it, and tie it up for me; that's field practice in Cuba.
"Rita" by Laura E. Richards
These were held together with cocoa butter into which a drop of carbolic acid may have been put.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague