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[Eli Lilly] A trademark name for a solution of 0.1% thimersol in alcohol. Introduced in the 1930's, merthiolate was a widely used antiseptic and as a preservative. Its hot-pink color produced stains that were difficult to remove. Lily ceased manufacturing all thimersol products in 1991.

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Hazards and Safety

Highly toxic by ingestion.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998