- 1. A substance manufactured in thin sheets from wood, rags, or other materials. 2. A square of p. folded over so as to form an envelope containing a dose of any medicinal powder. 3. A piece of blotting p. or filter p. impregnated with a medicinal solution, dried, and burned; formerly, the fumes were inhaled in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory affections. [L. papyrus; G. papyros, a kind of rush, from which writing p. was made]- articulating p. SYN: occluding p..- Congo red p. p. impregnated with Congo red; used as a pH indicator, changing from blue-violet at 3.0 to red at 5.0.- filter p. an unsized p. used in pharmacy and chemistry for filtering solutions; many varieties are used for p. chromatography.- niter p. p. impregnated with potassium nitrate that is ignited to produce fumes inhaled as treatment for asthma. SYN: potassium nitrate p., saltpeter p..- occluding p. an inked p. or ribbon interposed between natural or artificial teeth to determine tooth contacts. SYN: articulating p..
* * *pa·per (paґpər) a substance manufactured in thin sheets, prepared from wood, rags, or other fibrous substance which has first been reduced to a pulp.
Medical dictionary. 2011.