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    Hello everybody!

    I just been watching a new series called Interns on the Russian TV .
    A new character appeared there in the last season whose name is Phil and he is from the U.S.
    There was an episode where a Russian intern makes fun of Phil when he learns that in the U.S. nobody uses "brilliant green" (which is a cheap anticeptic basically consisting of alcohol and the dye called Brillian Green which we call "zelyonka").
    Is it true that in the U.S. nobody uses this stuff as anticeptic?
    What is the most common anticeptic used in the U.S. to cure wounds?

    Also, according to LDOCE, "plaster" is the BrE word for a piece of thin material that is stuck on to the skin to cover a small wound while the AmE word is bandaid. Could you please clarify that? What is the word in use in the U.S.?






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    Default Re: Brilliant Green

    Great question!

    I think few people abroad are aware of that 'zelyonka'.
    Or I am wrong? Let's find out!

    Looking forward to seeing native's comments.

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    Default Re: Brilliant Green

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Hello everybody!

    I just been watching a new series called Interns on the Russian TV .
    A new character appeared there in the last season whose name is Phil and he is from the U.S.
    There was an episode where a Russian intern makes fun of Phil when he learns that in the U.S. nobody uses "brilliant green" (which is a cheap anticeptic basically consisting of alcohol and the dye called Brillian Green which we call "zelyonka").
    Is it true that in the U.S. nobody uses this stuff as anticeptic? I've never heard of it.
    What is the most common anticeptic used in the U.S. to cure wounds?
    Betadine, which is 10% povidone-iodine, is a commonly used broad-spectrum antiseptic..
    Also, according to LDOCE, "plaster" is the BrE word for a piece of thin material that is stuck on to the skin to cover a small wound while the AmE word is bandaid. Could you please clarify that? What is the word in use in the U.S.?
    Band-Aid is a registered trademark name of Johnson & Johnson for their adhesive bandages. The word has come to be used generically by the public for all small adhesive bandages.
    Thank you
    I'm not a doctor.

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    Default Re: Brilliant Green

    Thank you for the reply.

    So, I guess it's true about the "Interns".

    At one time I came across povidone-iodine ointment in India when I had to treat my boils.
    I had a hard time explaining them that I need bandages too.
    The word 'gauze' worked.
    They also failed to understand my explanation about adhesive bandages.
    The word 'plaster' worked.

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