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Questions about silver nitrate solution.

Setting is London, 1897. Silver nitrate is being applied in a diluted solution to a bite wound as an antimicrobial.

What does silver nitrate solution smell like, if it has a smell? If so, can you compare it to anything to give me an idea, or just throw adjectives at me?

Would it smell like whatever else is in the solution with it? And while we're at it, what would that be? Ammonia? Vinegar? Water? Alcohol?

I know that it's still used in infants' eyes shortly after birth, so I figure there's a good chance of someone here being able to help me out with this.

Also, anyone who can tell me what it feels like in a wound compared to, say, raw alcohol, would get bonus e-brownies. I doubt that'll happen, but hey, can't hurt!

I've tried reading about silver nitrate on various historical/Victorian medicine sites and on Wikipedia, and got bupkis for olfactory impressions, as usual. I've Googled "silver nitrate" and "silver nitrate solution" with "smell," "scent," "odor," "aroma," etc.

For composition, I've tried "silver nitrate solution" with "composition," with and without other applicable modifiers ("medical," "medicine," "disinfectant," etc.). All I've been able to find specifically listed is propylene glycol, which is obviously not very Victorian.

Any help would be appreciated!
Tags: uk: history: victorian era, ~medicine: drugs, ~medicine: historical, ~science: chemistry

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