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Iodine is a chemical element that belongs to the halogens. “Ioeides” is ancient Greek and means violet, which is the characteristic colour for the steam generated when heated. Iodine is poor in water, but is readily soluble in ethanol and other organic solutions. Iodine is an important component of the animal and human organism and is also contained in food. Human thyroid naturally produces the most iodine. It is used in medicine as a disinfectant for wound hygiene, but also for mucous membranes. In nuclear medicine, iodine acts as a contrast agent for examinations and as radiation protection.