permanganate :

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  • n  a dark purple salt of permanganic acid; in water solution it is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic

  • The potassium permanganate, normally used as a water purifier, came from China, which is the world's leading producer.
  • Frantic sanitarians had vaccinated 600,000 persons, doused thousands of wells with germicidal potassium permanganate to halt an epidemic which began the end of April.
  • Among the dubious household remedies: swallowing narcotics made from hempseed, douching with the caustic disinfectant potassium permanganate, and even quaffing gin laced with iron .

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