Listerine n.

1879, American English, formulated by Dr. Joseph Lawrence and Jordan Wheat Lambert as a multi-purpose disinfectant and anti-septic for surgery. In 1895, after it was discovered to kill germs commonly found in the mouth, the Lambert Company started marketing it as an oral antiseptic. Named for Joseph Lord Lister (1827-1912), F.R.S., O.M., English surgeon, who revolutionized modern surgery by applying Pasteur’s discoveries and performing the first ever antiseptic surgery in 1865. Lister objected in vain to the use of his name on the product. Lister (attested from 1286, an Anglian surname) is from Middle English lit(t)e “to dye” (see litmus) + fem. suffix -ster, hence, “a dyer.”

Examples from the Web for listerine Contemporary Examples of listerine

  • Smith described the films as comparable to “Listerine mouth strips” in terms of texture.

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  • Historical Examples of listerine

  • Listerine diluted in water and used as a gargle is also good.

    Manual of Military Training

    James A. Moss

  • Listerine, witch hazel and eau de cologne are all good as external lotions for pimples.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans

  • Small cuts should be treated with tincture of iodine or washed with alcohol (bay rum or listerine will do) and bandage up.

    Manual of Military Training

    James A. Moss

  • Treat with witch hazel or listerine or vinegar well diluted with water.

    Manual of Military Training

    James A. Moss

  • Why is Listerine to be found in the offices of a majority of American business men?

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930


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