silver nitratemedical dictionary

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A powerful germicide, used as an antiseptic, applied topically to the conjunctiva as a prophylactic against opthalmia neonatorum, and also used as an antiseptic in infections of the skin and mucous membrane.

Pharmacological action: anti-infective agents, local.

Chemical name: Nitric acid silver(1+) salt

(12 Dec 1998)