hydrogen peroxide


Definition of hydrogen peroxide

: an unstable compound H2O2 used especially as an oxidizing and bleaching agent, an antiseptic, and a propellant

Examples of hydrogen peroxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For tough stains on white canvas shoes: Dip a brush in hydrogen peroxide and scrub. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean White Shoes at Home and Keep Your Kicks Looking Fresh," 23 July 2019 Some patients resort to folk remedies, like kombucha tea or licorice, or riskier treatments, such as amphetamines or shots of hydrogen peroxide. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Procedure Measure 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and carefully pour it into the bottle. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Elephant Toothpaste," 1 Aug. 2019 The reaction continues as long as there is some hydrogen peroxide and yeast left. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Make Elephant Toothpaste," 1 Aug. 2019 This one takes just a few common household ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and yeast. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives," 4 July 2019 According to Kibildis, the culprit ingredients that could be causing pimples incude baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, essential oils and menthol. Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Surprising Reasons You Have Acne," 26 June 2015 Lift for the remaining one-sixth of the LLTV’s weight, NASA said, was provided by hydrogen peroxide rockets used to simulate the engine that the lunar module would use en route to the surface. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio engineer’s ‘Flying Bedstead’ helped put man on the moon," 19 July 2019 There's hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide, there's different kinds. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Charcoal toothpaste can remove more than stains from your teeth, dentist warns," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of hydrogen peroxide

1872, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2019

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The first known use of hydrogen peroxide was in 1872

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English Language Learners Definition of hydrogen peroxide

: a liquid that is used to make things lighter in color or to kill bacteria

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Kids Definition of hydrogen peroxide

: a liquid chemical containing hydrogen and oxygen and used for bleaching and as an antiseptic

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Medical Definition of hydrogen peroxide

: an unstable compound H2O2 used especially as an oxidizing and bleaching agent and as an antiseptic

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