lunar caustic


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lunar caustic

n.
Silver nitrate in the form of sticks used in cauterization.

lunar caustic

n
(Elements & Compounds) silver nitrate fused into sticks, which were formerly used in cauterizing

lu′nar caus′tic


n.
silver nitrate formed as a stick, used in medicine for cauterizing tissue.
[1790–1800]
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Noun1.lunar caustic - silver nitrate fused into sticks and formerly used as a caustic
silver nitrate - a nitrate used in making photographic emulsions; also used in medicine as a cautery and as a topical antibacterial agent
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Silver nitrate was historically often referred to as lunar caustic because of its crescent-shaped crystalline structure, and although undoubtedly caustic it has a very shallow action due to its being inactivated by sodium chloride which is present in normal human soft tissue at a concentration of some 0.9%.
La segunda esposa de Malcolm Lowry, la abnegada Margerie Bonner, publico Piedra infernal (Lunar caustic, en el original) en The Paris Review en 1963.
Lunar Caustic was based on his experiences in a New York psychiatric ward, where the writer admitted himself to dry out as well as research his story.