hexa·​chlo·​ro·​phene ˌhek-sə-ˈklȯr-ə-ˌfēn How to pronounce hexachlorophene (audio)
: a powdered phenolic bacteria-inhibiting agent C13H6Cl6O2

Examples of hexachlorophene in a Sentence

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Word History


hexa- + chlor- + phenol

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hexachlorophene was in 1948

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“Hexachlorophene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hexachlorophene. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


hexa·​chlo·​ro·​phene -ˈklōr-ə-ˌfēn, -ˈklȯr- How to pronounce hexachlorophene (audio)
: a powdered phenolic bacteria-inhibiting agent C13Cl6H6O2

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