[ kuh-loh-dee-uh n ]
/ kəˈloʊ di ən /


a yellowish, viscous, highly flammable solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol: used in the manufacture of photographic film, in engraving and lithography, and in medicine chiefly for cementing dressings and sealing wounds.

Origin of collodion

1850–55; alteration of New Latin collodium < Greek kollṓd(ēs) glutinous (kóll(a) glue + -ōdēs -ode1) + -ium -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collodion


collodium (kəˈləʊdɪəm)

/ (kəˈləʊdɪən) /


a colourless or yellow syrupy liquid that consists of a solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol: used in medicine and in the manufacture of photographic plates, lacquers, etc

Word Origin for collodion

C19: from New Latin collōdium, from Greek kollōdēs glutinous, from kolla glue
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Medicine definitions for collodion


[ kə-lōdē-ən ]


A highly flammable, colorless or yellowish syrupy solution of pyroxylin, ether, and alcohol, used as an adhesive to close small wounds and hold surgical dressings, in topical medications, and for making photographic plates.
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