Definition of Mercurochrome in US English:



trademark in UK
  • another term for merbromin
    • ‘As he said of one of his, ‘… a sliver of metal into my leg - the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart.‘’
    • ‘No special precautions necessary for the transport of Mercurochrome.’
    • ‘I want to know whether the use of mercurochrome on skin cancers is advisable.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s the FDA (in it's all knowing wisdom) silently banned Mercurochrome because of its imaginary danger to humans.’
    • ‘Walking from the train station to my grandfather's home, I saw a half-naked red-colored man sitting on the street and found that he had coated his skin with tincture of Mercurochrome to relieve his pain and prevent infection.’


Early 20th century: from mercury + Greek khrōma ‘color’.