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Iodine

Iodine is a non-metallic element (atomic number 53) belonging to the group of halogens. The name derives from the Greek word “ioeides” = violet-like, and refers to the development of violet vapours when heated.

Due to its antimicrobial properties, iodine is used for preoperative and wound antisepsis. In contrast to the formerly used pure iodine tincture, the modern Povidon-Iodine (PVP-Iodine) complex, also referred to as iodophore, possesses significantly better efficacy and compatibility.



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