benzoyl peroxide

noun

Definition of benzoyl peroxide

:a colorless to white crystalline compound C14H10O4 that is used as a bleaching agent (as for whitening flour), as a catalyst for the synthesis of polymers (such as polystyrene), and medically as an antibacterial and keratolytic agent especially for the topical treatment of acne

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First Known Use of benzoyl peroxide

1867


Medical Dictionary

benzoyl peroxide

noun

medical Definition of benzoyl peroxide

:a white crystalline flammable compound C14H10O4 used in bleaching and in medicine especially in the treatment of acne
Note: Benzoyl peroxide is marketed the trademark Epiduo when used in combination with adapalene.

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