Definition of Camphor

1. Noun. A resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment.

Substance meronyms: Camphor Ball, Mothball, Celluloid
Generic synonyms: Natural Resin
Derivative terms: Camphoraceous, Camphorate, Camphoric

Definition of Camphor

1. n. A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, obtained from different species of the Laurus family, esp. from Cinnamomum camphora (the Laurus camphora of Linnæus.). Camphor, C10H16O, is volatile and fragrant, and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic, a stimulant, or sedative.

2. v. t. To impregnate or wash with camphor; to camphorate.

Definition of Camphor

1. Noun. (organic compound) A white transparent waxy crystalline isoprenoid ketone, with a strong pungent odour, used in pharmacy. ¹

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Definition of Camphor

1. a volatile compound [n -S]

Medical Definition of Camphor

1. A ketone obtained from the wood of cinnamomum camphora, an evergreen tree native to eastern asia, or produced synthetically, with a penetrating characteristic odour and a pungent, aromatic taste. It is applied topically to the skin as an antipruritic and anti-infective and is used as a pharmaceutic necessity in certain pharmaceutic preparations. Pharmacological action: anti-infective agents, local, antipruritics, pharmaceutic aid. Chemical name: Bicyclo(2.2.1)heptan-2-one, 1,7,7-trimethyl- (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Camphor

campholic acid
camphor (current term)
camphor 5-monooxygenase
camphor ball
camphor daisy
camphor dune tansy
camphor ice
camphor liniment
camphor oil
camphor tree
camphorated oil
camphorated tincture of opium

Literary usage of Camphor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1870)
"Di xtro-camphor. Laurel от common camphor. This variety exists in the wood and bark of several ... The crude camphor thus obtained is exported to Europe, ..."

2. American Druggist (1885)
"Natural camphor Oils. NATURAL camphor oils, namely those of Dryobalanops ... camphor separates out as a semi- solid mass, and in order to separate the solid ..."

3. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"With oral administration, the toricity of camphor is greatly decreased by oil. ... camphor ISOMERS The synthesis of artificial camphor is described by ..."

4. The Condensed Chemical Dictionary: A Reference Volume for All Requiring by Francis Mills Turner, Daniel Deronda Berolzheimer, William Parker Cutter, John Helfrich, Chemical Catalog Company, Inc (1920)
"See Gum benzoin. camphor, Borneo. Sec Borneol. camphor ... Soluble in alcohol, ether and chloroform. Derivation: By fractional distillation of crude camphor ..."

5. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1860)
"corrosive sublimate, take up 2 pts. of that compound on addition of 1 pt. of camphor ; 3 pts. on addition of 3 pts. camphor ; 6 pts. on addition of С pts. ..."

6. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"Before refining crude camphor, the oil and water must be got rid of, ... In America the camphor is sublimed from flat iron pans with iron covers, ..."

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