chlor·​hex·​i·​dine | \ klȯr-ˈhek-sə-ˌdīn How to pronounce chlorhexidine (audio) , -ˌdēn\

Definition of chlorhexidine

: an antibacterial compound C22H30Cl2N10 used as a local antiseptic (as in mouthwash) and disinfectant especially in the form of its hydrochloride, gluconate, or acetate

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Further, Zeichner says that ingredients like propylene glycol, benzene, benzoic acid, and chlorhexidine can potentially cause irritation and even allergic contact dermatitis. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Some formulations of alcohol and chlorhexidine do not kill them easily, tests have shown, although chlorine does. NBC News, "Virus looks like flu, acts like flu, but it's not influenza," 28 Jan. 2018 At the end of the study, researchers found that coconut oil was as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing the presence of the bacteria Streptococcus mutans. Korin Miller, SELF, "Malin Akerman Swears Oil Pulling Makes Her Teeth Healthier," 6 Oct. 2017 The disinfectant chlorhexidine and antibiotic mupirocin can also have adverse effects on patients — especially premature babies in the ICU, whose skin and neurological systems are still developing. Melody Petersen,, "UCI doctor’s plan to stop superbugs is widely used. At her own hospital, it didn’t work," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of chlorhexidine

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chlorhexidine

International Scientific Vocabulary chlor- + hex- + -idine

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chlor·​hex·​i·​dine | \ klōr-ˈhek-sə-ˌdīn, klȯr-, -ˌdēn How to pronounce chlorhexidine (audio) \

Medical Definition of chlorhexidine

: an antibacterial compound C22H30Cl2N10 that is a biguanide derivative used as a local antiseptic (as in mouthwash) and disinfectant especially in the form of its hydrochloride, gluconate, or acetate

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