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triclosan

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noun tri·clo·san \trī-ˈklō-ˌsan\

Definition of triclosan

  1. :  a whitish crystalline powder C12H7C13O2 that is a phenyl ether derivative used especially as a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (as in soaps, deodorants, and mouthwash)



Origin and Etymology of triclosan

tri- + chlor- + -san (of unknown origin)


First Known Use: 1973


Medical Dictionary

triclosan

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noun tri·clo·san \trī-ˈklō-ˌsan\

Medical Definition of triclosan

  1. :  a whitish crystalline powder C12H7Cl3O2 used especially as a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (as in soaps, deodorants, and mouthwash)




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