The antiseptic method of treating wounds (see Surgery) was introduced by Lord Lister, and was an outcome of Pasteur's germ theory of putrefaction.
In order to prevent decomposition of any proteid impurity which may remain incorporated with the rubber, the freshly coagulated rubber is sometimes cured in the smoke of burning wood or a small quantity of an antiseptic such as creosote is added during coagulation.
When the part is dead it should be wrapped up in dry antiseptic dressings to prevent putrefaction.
It is used as an antiseptic and oxidizing agent.
It is also an antiseptic and, in small quantities, a feeble anaesthetic. It is absorbed by the unbroken skin.
Its principal action is as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
The antiseptic pine-laced air from the hallway made her nose wrinkle.
The application of ordinary antiseptic powders to leaves inside which a Fungus, such as a Uredo or Ustilago, is growing can only result in failtire, and similarly if tobacco fumes, for instance, are applied when the insects concerned are hibernating in the ground beneath.
It is a more powerful antiseptic than carbolic acid, but its insolubility prevents its being used for the same purposes.
But the most important therapeutic application of this drug is in gonorrhoea, where its antiseptic action is of much value.