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Tamed iodine

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tamed iodine --> iodophor

A combination of iodine with a surfactant carrier, usually polyvinylpyrrolidone. Commercial preparations generally contain 1% available iodine, which is slowly released to take effect against microorganisms; used as skin disinfectants, particularly for surgical scrubs.

Synonym: tamed iodine.

Origin: iodine _ G. Phora, a carrying