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ahy uh dahyn

  • n  a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
  • n  a tincture consisting of a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol; applied topically to wounds as an antiseptic

  • TREATMENT: radioactive iodine, phosphorus and gold are effective in half a dozen diseases, though in no more.
  • The established theory is that goiter is due to lack of iodine in food drink.
  • In some places iodine is found in natural salt deposits as an "impurity.
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  • Jan McLucas in The Canberra Times
    Mild to moderate iodine deficiency can result in children having learning difficulties and can affect the development of motor skills and hearing. In extreme cases it can result in severe intellectual disability,Senator McLucas said.
  • Anatoly Karpov in UN News Centre
    After twenty years, there can be no excuse for further delay,said UNICEF Regional Ambassador chess Grand Master Anatoly Karpov. "Universal salt iodization is the most effective way to ensure that every child gets enough iodine. It is also...
  • Richard Mandella in BloodHorse
    It's fairly minor, just at a bad time,said Mandella. "It's very tender. We can't run him. We just soaked it and are doing it up in a medicinal poultice. We will treat it with a solution of iodine tomorrow. He might miss a week or two of...

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