formalin [fawr-muh-lin] ExamplesWord Origin noun Chemistry.

  1. a clear, colorless, aqueous solution of 40 percent formaldehyde.

Origin of formalin First recorded in 1890–95; formerly a trademarkAlso called formol. Examples from the Web for formalin Historical Examples of formalin

  • Formalin is one of the best and safest general disinfectants to use.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • All bags and utensils should also be disinfected with this formalin solution.

    Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Nature Study

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Formalin may be used in place of alum for hardening the gelatine.

    The Barnet Book of Photography


  • In the museum all specimens should be removed at once from formalin to alcohol.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

  • Fishes intended for skeletons should never be placed in formalin.

    A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)

    David Starr Jordan

  • British Dictionary definitions for formalin formalin formol (ˈfɔːmɒl) noun

    1. a 40 per cent solution of formaldehyde in water, used as a disinfectant, preservative for biological specimens, etc

    formalin in Medicine formalin [fôr′mə-lĭn] n.

    1. An aqueous solution of formaldehyde that is 37 percent by weight.

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