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A mixture of solid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. It has a wide range of uses including as a stiffening agent in ointments, as a lubricant, and as a topical anti-inflammatory. It is also commonly used as an embedding material in histology.

Year introduced: was in Cat D only 1963-1982

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Tree Number(s): D02.455.612

MeSH Unique ID: D010232

Registry Number: 8002-74-2

Entry Terms:

  • Parafilm

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