chlorhexidine

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web But mouthwashes containing ethanol alone, or chlorhexidine (like Corsodyl) didn't have an effect on the virus. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Does Mouthwash Kill Covid-19? Here's What Doctors Want You to Know About the Latest Research," 18 Nov. 2020 Alcohol, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide and a range of other compounds can all kill viruses on contact or shortly after. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Here's why mouthwash is not going to save you from coronavirus," 17 Nov. 2020 This should include brushing regularly, flossing (or use interdental brushes or a water flosser), using a fluoride or chlorhexidine mouthwash and keeping a low sugar intake (as the harmful mouth bacteria feed on sugar). Katie Hunt, CNN, "Gum health could be a risk factor for dementia, study suggests," 29 July 2020 Be wary of products that rely solely on chlorhexidine, a common antimicrobial that works on many pathogens but appears to leave coronaviruses intact. Katherine J. Wu, Popular Science, "Everything you need to know about cleaning public surfaces in a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 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 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

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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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“Chlorhexidine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chlorhexidine. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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chlorhexidine

noun
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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