hydroquinone

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noun hy·dro·qui·none \ˌhī-drō-kwi-ˈnōn, -ˈkwi-ˌnōn\

Definition of hydroquinone

  1. :  a white crystalline strongly reducing phenol C6H6O2 used especially as a photographic developer, as an antioxidant and stabilizer, and in medicine to remove pigmentation from hyperpigmented areas of skin

Origin and Etymology of hydroquinone

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1872


Medical Dictionary

hydroquinone

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noun hy·dro·qui·none \-kwin-ˈōn, -ˈkwin-ˌōn\

Medical Definition of hydroquinone

  1. :  a bleaching agent C6H6O2 used topically to remove pigmentation from hyperpigmented areas of skin (as a lentigo or freckle)


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