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DMSO

 
dimethyl sulfoxide, an industrial solvent that has the ability to penetrate plant and animal tissues and to preserve living cells during freezing. It has been used investigationally as an agent to increase the penetrability of other substances and as a topical analgesic and antiinflammatory. It has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a 50 per cent solution for direct instillation into the bladder for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. A 90 per cent solution, which has been approved only for veterinary use, is believed by some to be beneficial in the treatment of muscle sprains and strains, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, and the aftereffects of stroke when it is applied externally and absorbed by the skin. Claims that it is effective for treating these disorders in humans have not been validated by research studies. It has been shown to produce some short-term side effects.

DMSO

Abbreviation for dimethyl sulfoxide.

DMSO

dimethyl sulfoxide.

DMSO

(dē′ĕm-ĕs-ō′)
n.
A colorless hygroscopic liquid, (CH3)2SO, obtained from lignin, used as an industrial solvent and in medicine as a penetrant to convey medications into the tissues.

DMSO

abbreviation for dimethyl sulfoxide.

DMSO

Alternative medicine
A substance that occurs naturally in minute amounts in certain foods, which has industrial and health-related applications. Animal studies have shown it to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, vasodilatory and other properties; up to the 1960s, DMSO had been administered orally, topically or parenterally by mainstream physicians for various conditions, including arthritis, bursitis, cancer, emphysema, mental illness and pain. In the face of its association with lenticular degeneration, DMSO was removed from general use; some practitioners of alternative healthcare continue to recommend DMSO for these and other uses.
 
Toxicity
Topical DMSO is associated burning, itching and an unpleasant odour.
 
Mainstream medicine
DMSO is FDA-approved for treating interstitial cystitis, and may be of use in treating scleroderma, sprains, arthritis, cerebrovascular accidents, familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and acetaminophen hepatotoxicity. DMSO reduces the ice crystals formed in frozen section tissues from the operating suite, and may be an effective cryopreservative.

DMSO

Abbreviation for dimethyl sulfoxide.

DMSO,

DMSO

Abbreviation for dimethyl sulfoxide.

DMSO

dimethyl sulfoxide, an industrial solvent that has the ability to penetrate plant and animal tissues and to preserve living cells during freezing. It has bacteriostatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, radioprotective, fibrinolytic and vasodilative properties, and inhibits cholinesterase and granulation tissue. DMSO also has been used as an agent to increase the penetrability of other substances. Only approved for veterinary use, it has found varied applications as a topical treatment for musculoskeletal conditions in horses and skin diseases, mainly in dogs.