chlorhexidine

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noun chlor·hex·i·dine \klȯr-ˈhek-sə-ˌdīn, -ˌdēn\

Definition of chlorhexidine

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

Origin and Etymology of chlorhexidine

International Scientific Vocabulary chlor- + hex- + -idine


First Known Use: 1957


Medical Dictionary

chlorhexidine

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noun chlor·hex·i·dine \klōr-ˈhek-sə-ˌdīn, klȯr-, -ˌdēn\

Medical Definition of chlorhexidine

  1. :  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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