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1The chemical element of atomic number 53, a nonmetallic element forming black crystals and a violet vapor.
A member of the halogen group, iodine occurs chiefly as salts in seawater and brines. As a constituent of thyroid hormones it is required in small amounts in the body, and deficiency can lead to goiter
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- ‘According to international agencies, millions of children suffer from deficiencies of iron, iodine and vitamin A.’
- ‘The chemical element iodine is a major component of thyroid hormones.’
- ‘Some examples of those that do sublime readily are carbon dioxide and iodine.’
- ‘The blasts are caused by chemical reactions within the units which create volatile hydrogen gas, iodine gas or lithium iodine.’
- ‘These can be found through the detection of gases such as sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, and vapours of mercury, iodine, and radon.’
- ‘Drink only water that you have boiled or treated with chlorine or iodine.’
- ‘Dry chlorine, iodine, bromine and fluorine cause little or no corrosion of magnesium at room or slightly elevated temperature.’
- ‘The halogens are a group of chemical elements that includes fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine.’
- ‘A less expensive option is to treat water with chlorine or iodine, as is typically done with municipal water.’
- ‘Other trace elements such as iodine, uranium, nickel, lead, iron, and lithium also exist in the Dead Sea water.’
- ‘A good water filter or purifier and correct usage of iodine or chlorine with knowledge of the time they take can keep you well.’
- ‘Starch granules were visualized upon reaction with iodine/potassium iodine.’
- ‘Dried maca root is rich in amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium.’
- ‘The importance of studying thyroid function in these children is that the gland can concentrate and bind iodine.’
- ‘A similar reaction occurs with bromine but not with iodine or fluorine.’
- ‘The thyroid, a gland in the neck, takes up the element iodine from food that is eaten.’
- ‘The synthesis of these hormones requires the amino acid tyrosine and the trace mineral iodine.’
- ‘Results showed a significant improvement in the iron, iodine and vitamin A status of these children compared to a control group.’
- ‘The most common trace element deficiencies in cattle are copper, selenium, iodine and cobalt.’
- ‘Less abundant elements, which are equally necessary for life, include calcium, manganese, iron, and iodine.’
- 1.1 A solution of iodine in alcohol, used as a mild antiseptic.
- ‘Norm was instantly on hand with all sorts of potions; antiseptic, iodine, everything.’
- ‘Povidone-iodine is a solution commonly used if the patient is not allergic to iodine.’
- ‘An iodophor/alcohol prep combines the benefits of iodine and alcohol in a water insoluble film.’
- ‘Identify landmarks and prepare the insertion site with iodine or alcohol solution.’
- ‘Apply ethanol, tincture or aqueous solution of iodine, if available.’
- ‘The abdomen of each animal was shaved and prepared with iodine.’
- ‘Not so long ago, tincture of iodine was one of the most popular of antiseptics.’
- ‘Doctor Cantor washed clotted black blood from Tribe's face and applied iodine to the cuts.’
- ‘I sloshed iodine into the bowl I'd brought down, and handed it to Traci.’
- ‘A vinegar and water douche is substituted for patients who are sensitive to iodine.’
- ‘First off you'll need a scalpel, a bottle of iodine, a protein catalyst solution and a non-corrosive oxidising biophage agent, cotton swabs and a lot of patience.’
- ‘To prevent the highly infectious scourge, Turner is vigilant about daily hoof cleaning and treatment with iodine.’
- ‘It is indicated for the cleaning of acute and chronic wounds infected/colonized with bacteria sensitive to iodine.’
Early 19th century: from French iode (from Greek iōdēs ‘violet-colored’, from ion ‘violet’ + -eidēs ‘like’) + -ine.
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