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 (ī-ō′də-fôrm′, ī-ŏd′ə-)
A yellowish crystalline iodine compound, CHI3, used as an antiseptic.


(Elements & Compounds) a yellow crystalline insoluble volatile solid with a penetrating sweet odour made by heating alcohol with iodine and an alkali: used as an antiseptic. Formula: CHI3. Systematic name: triiodomethane


(aɪˈoʊ dəˌfɔrm, aɪˈɒd ə-)

a yellowish, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, CHI3, having a penetrating odor: used chiefly as an antiseptic.
[1830–40; iod(ine) + -o- + form(yl)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.iodoform - sweet smelling yellow solid haloform CHI3
haloform - compounds with the formula CHX3, where X is a halogen atom
2.iodoform - a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odoriodoform - a yellowish crystalline solid with a penetrating odor; sometimes used as an antiseptic dressing
antiseptic - a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues


[aɪˈɒdəfɔːm] Nyodoformo m
References in classic literature ?
They were associated in his mind with a faint odour of iodoform.
It was a strange and frightful spectacle--the small, bunk-lined space, the floor and walls leaping and lurching, the dim light, the swaying shadows lengthening and fore-shortening monstrously, the thick air heavy with smoke and the smell of bodies and iodoform, and the inflamed faces of the men--half-men, I should call them.
As to your practice, if a gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce him to be an active member of the medical profession.
Various materials are used for nasal packing as Bismuth subnitrate iodoform paraffin paste gauze, simple Vaseline gauze etc.
Finally, the operative area was packed with Surgicel[R] (Johnson and Johnson, one layer) and iodoform gauze for 7 days.
In case of multiple larvae and in advanced stages of development and tissue destruction, local application of several substances such as oil of turpentine, larvicidal drug like Negasunt[R], [16] mineral oil, ether, chloroform, ethyl chloride, mercuric chloride, creosote, saline, phenol, calomel, olive oil, iodoform, can be used to ensure complete removal of all larvae.
Although gauze is the preferred material for packing the postnasal space to control postadenoidectomy bleeding, other materials such as sponge, a Foley catheter, bismuth iodoform paraffin paste in gauze, and calcium sodium alginate dressing have been described.
In addition, it is also reported that the excessive iodoform path replaces the normal tissue rapidly and that it does not cause any foreign object reaction.
Barnante and Berbert in their study used Ca(OH)2 with iodoform for perforation repair.
In this study, the radiographic image was also obtained after placing a thin metal wire into the interalveolar foramen of the lingual, which was subsequently fixed with premixed calcium hydroxide paste with iodoform, to evaluate the orifice as described in a previous study.