formalin formalin


  • (n) a 10% solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant or to preserve biological specimens


  1. The National Institute of Health makes its toxoid by treating live scarlet fever bacilli with formalin and heat.
  2. At first, some suspected formalin, a pesticide used in globefish cultivation.
  3. There are salted, dried whales' penises mounted on wall plaques like hunting trophies, though most specimens are preserved in alcohol or formalin.


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