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Why is silver nitrate used in cauterization of wounds?

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Silver nitrate is a chemical compound with chemical formula AgNO3. This nitrate of silver is a light-sensitive ingredient in photographic film and is a poisonous, corrosive compound. Silver nitrate crystals can be produced by dissolving silver in nitric acid and evaporating the solution. The compound notably stains skin a greyish or black color that is made visible after exposure to sunlight. Silver nitrate has been used as an antiseptic, dropped into newborn babies' eyes at birth. This is to prevent contraction of gonorrhoea or chlamydia from their mother. A very weak solution is used for this, (about 1%) and there are very few side effects. Mythically, silver nitrate was used as a method of killing vampires, with the silver nitrate generally being injected into a bullet cartridge or used in a hypodermic needle. Fused silver nitrate, shaped into sticks, was traditionally called lunar caustic and used as a cauterizing agent. It can also be used in wound management to 'knock back' over-granulation of tissue in healing wounds such as ulcers and sinuses. [edit]

Silver nitrate can be used in a medical environment as a chemical cauterizing agent and medicinal caustic. A typical applicator is composed of 75% silver nitrate with 25% potassium nitrate. As the silver nitrate contacts with water (in the blood) the compound goes into solution forming nitric acid. The acid subsequently is responsible for the cautery effect. As mentioned above this will typically result in a black or greyish staining of the skin. This staining is caused by the accumulation of the silver and will typically go away as the body rids itself of the mineral. Retrieved from ""

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Why silver nitrate is used in cauterization?

Silver nitrate is an effective anti-biotic and is frequently used in surgical dressing.

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The molecular formula of silver nitrate is AgNO3. Silver nitrate is extensively used in analytical chemistry as a reagent. You can take silver nitrate solution in a beaker and electrolyze it to get silver in the negative potential.

What is brown spot under nose after cauterization?

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It's not cost-effective.

Why is silver nitrate not used in electroplating?

The migration of Ag+ in silver nitrate solution is very fast leading to an uneven deposition of the metal silver on the substrate. Hence not been used for electroplating.

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Dilute silver nitrate must be used because concentrated can cause blindness in extreme cases.

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What mass of silver chloride can be produced from 1.20L of a 0.151M solution of silver nitrate?

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