Decoding the Names in Your Medicine Cabinet (Mental Floss)

The strong mouthwash we know as Listerine was named in honor of a 19th-century surgeon with a longtime commitment to sterile procedures (and did you know that at various points in time, Listerine was marketed as a floor cleaner, aftershave tonic, cold remedy and a cure for both dandruff and gonorrhea?) and Codeine sounds more civilized than “poppy head,” the literal translation of the Greek kodeia, or opium poppy, from which it’s derived. Here, the origins of 10 more.

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