activated charcoal

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ac·ti·vat·ed charcoal

Highly absorbent carbon obtained by heating granulated charcoal to exhaust contained gases, resulting in a very porous form with a large surface area. It is used chiefly for purifying gases by adsorption, solvent recovery, or deodorization and as an antidote to certain poisons. Also called activated carbon.
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Noun1.activated charcoal - powdered or granular carbon used for purifying by adsorptionactivated charcoal - powdered or granular carbon used for purifying by adsorption; given orally (as a slurry) it is an antidote for some kinds of poisons
atomic number 6, carbon, C - an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds
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Finally, after several months of using over-the-counter activated charcoal, a seemingly miraculous antitoxin brought home by her husband, Beth's symptoms began to disappear.
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An alternative to purging the anaesthetic machine is the employment of activated charcoal filters.
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The collected group of university horticulturists, landscapers, agronomists, engineers, chemists, and others has been working to give the trees a fighting chance, including replacing the contaminated soil and applying activated charcoal to the trees' roots.
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The high quality charcoal is used primarily as fuel for grilling (barbecue) in households and restaurants, and is also used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as being the raw material for the production of activated charcoal, synthetic diesel, synthetic gas and silicon.
The letter also contains descriptions of early electrocardiogram changes that are associated with overdoses, as well as the recommendation to administer activated charcoal for patients who present early after an overdose.
Gastric lavage was performed and activated charcoal was given just after admission to ER.
Activated charcoal does not work in the treatment of self-inflicted over-dosages of organic pesticides or yellow oleander (Eddleston et al.
Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits to be in constant movement with activated charcoal for at least 8 hours.