/ak'reuh flay"vin, -veen/, n. Chem.
an orange-brown, granular solid, C14H14N3Cl: used chiefly in medicine as an antiseptic. Also called neutral acriflavine, euflavine, trypaflavine neutral.
[1915-20; ACRI(DINE) + -FLAVIN]

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▪ antiseptic and dye
      dye obtained from coal tar, introduced as an antiseptic in 1912 by the German medical-research worker Paul Ehrlich and used extensively in World War I to kill the parasites that cause sleeping sickness. The hydrochloride and the less irritating base, neutral acriflavine, both are odourless, reddish-brown powders used in dilute aqueous solutions primarily as topical antiseptics or given orally as urinary antiseptics. Once used in the treatment of gonorrhea, acriflavine has been replaced by the antibiotics.

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  • acriflavine — [ˌakrɪ fleɪvɪn, i:n] noun a bright orange red dye derived from acridine, used as an antiseptic. Origin early 20th cent.: from acridine + L. flavus yellow + ine4 …   English new terms dictionary

  • acriflavine — ac·ri·fla·vine …   English syllables

  • acriflavine — ac•ri•fla•vine [[t]ˌæk rəˈfleɪ vɪn, vin[/t]] n. pha an orange brown, granular solid, C14H14N3Cl, formerly used as an antiseptic • Etymology: 1915–20; acri(dine)+flavin …   From formal English to slang

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