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Q5. An English surgeon (known as the pioneer of antiseptic surgery) demonstrated in 1865 that the use of carbolic acid on surgical dressings would significantly reduce rates of post-surgical infection. His work inspired the invention of an alcohol-based formula which included eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate and thymol. It was named in his honour as X.

This formula has had several uses over the years as a surgical antiseptic, floor cleaner, cure for gonorrhoea, cigarette additive, dandruff treatment, cure for the common cold etc. before it found its current use in 1920. Today, it is used regularly by people all over the world.

What is X?

Hint: You often start off your day with this. 

Mazen Kherallah

Start my day with.. alarm snooze you mean? 🤔

Should be the mouth wash.

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