When you fall down and scrape your knee, would the scraped spot be called a scrape or a scratch? What is the red liquid material called that nurses use to put on the spot to help heal? Sometimes a different brown liquid material is used. What is that called?
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Mary wrote on 01 Jun 2004:
When you fall down and scrape your knee, would the scraped spot be called a scrape or a scratch?

Probably an abrasion.
What is the red liquid material called that nurses use to put on the spot to help heal?

Iodine.
Sometimes a different brown liquid material is used. What is that called?

Mercurachrome?

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Mary typed thus:
When you fall down and scrape your knee, would the scraped spot be called a scrape or a scratch? What ... to put on the spot to help heal? Sometimes a different brown liquid material is used. What is that called?

US or UK usage? I am UK.
A scratch is a single line on the skin. I think I would call it a graze.
One of the liquids is "Iodine" although it isn't actually elemental iodine (which has no liquid phase at room temperature (*)), but a solution of iodine in water, ethanol and possibly potassium iodide.

(*) I'd just like to make use of "sublime" as a verb here. Thank you.

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Mercurachrome?

I thought Mercurachrome was red. (Using 40 year old memories).

And the brown stuff is Betadine.

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Mary typed thus:

When you fall down and scrape your knee, would the ... different brown liquid material is used. What is that called?

US or UK usage? I am UK. A scratch is a single line on the skin. I think I would call it a graze.

I'd go with that - scratch = thin line, scrape = irregular area. Except for the usage of scratch = insignificant wound. eg:

Carruthers: Here they come chaps.
Fanshawe: Look out, grenade!

Fanshawe: I say Carruthers, are you all right?
Carruthers: (Crawling to Vickers gun) Just a scratch. Bally painful, though
ObRomanticTosh - Who was the original Car(r)uthers?
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Carruthers: Here they come chaps. Fanshawe: Look out, grenade! Fanshawe: I say Carruthers, are you all right? Carruthers: (Crawling to Vickers gun) Just a scratch. Bally painful, though ObRomanticTosh - Who was the original Car(r)uthers?

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Mary typed thus: US or UK usage? I am UK. ... the skin. I think I would call it a graze.

I'd go with that - scratch = thin line, scrape = irregular area. Except for the usage of scratch = ... all right? Carruthers: (Crawling to Vickers gun) Just a scratch. Bally painful, though ObRomanticTosh - Who was the original Car(r)uthers?

I've always thought of the Carruthers archetype as an explorer rather than a military man.
Possibly the English explorer Douglas Carruthers, author of Unknown Mongolia: A Record of Travel and Exploration in North-West Mongolia and Dzungaria (Hutchinson, London, 1913) and The desert route to India, being the journals of four travellers by the great desert caravan route between Aleppo and Basra, 1745-1751 (Hakluyt Society, London, 1929)

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Poet Fury wrote on 01 Jun 2004:
Mary wrote on 01 Jun 2004: Probably an abrasion. Iodine. Mercurachrome?

I thought Mercurachrome was red. (Using 40 year old memories). And the brown stuff is Betadine.

You could very well be correct. I've never used betadine, to the best of my knowledge, and don't even know what it is, and it's been 45 or 50 years since I last used mercurachrome, which is why I put the "?" there.

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When you fall down and scrape your knee, would the scraped spot be called a scrape or a scratch? What ... to put on the spot to help heal? Sometimes a different brown liquid material is used. What is that called?

The darker stuff used to be Betadine. Betadine, though, leaves permanent stains on everything except skin. There are new products now used in place of Betadine although Betadine is still on the market and still used. I don't know if the new products are just friendlier or are more efficient. Betadine has an iodine base.

Neither Iodine (the red stuff) nor Betadine promote healing. They are topical antibiotics or antiseptics. The help healing in that they prevent infections and cleanse the wound.
The difference between a scrape and a scratch is the pattern of the lacerations. The scrape describes a wide pattern of multiple lacerations. The scratch is narrow.
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