Boracic lint

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Boracic lint was a type of medical dressing made from surgical lint that was soaked in a hot, saturated solution of boracic acid and glycerine and then left to dry.

It has been in use since at least the 19th century,[1] but is now less commonly used.

The term boracic lint, or often just "boracic", pronounced "brassic", is also used as Cockney rhyming slang for having no money. Boracic lint -> skint.

References

  1. T H Pennington Listerism, its decline and its persistence: the introduction of aseptic surgical techniques in three British teaching hospitals, 1890-99.Med Hist. 1995 January; 39(1): 35–60.

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