hy·​droxy | \ hī-ˈdräk-sē How to pronounce hydroxy (audio) \

Definition of hydroxy

: being or containing hydroxyl especially : containing hydroxyl especially in place of hydrogen usually used in combination hydroxyacetic acid

Examples of hydroxy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This little bottle contains a concoction of exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic, citric, and lactic acids to promote radiance while tackling dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 Simply press five drops of this liquid essence brimming with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids and Australian postbiotics for a strong skin barrier into skin after cleansing. Katie Chang, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The gentle yet effective formula polishes the skin to perfection with walnut powder and alpha hydroxy acids. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 The anti-aging pads have alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to exfoliate skin, delivering even color white tightening pores, tackling hyperpigmentation and fighting blackheads. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2022 First, your dermatologist may ask you to discontinue use of other potent treatment products that remove dead skin cells like alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Beth Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 July 2021 Hartman explains that the ingredient silymarin prevents oil oxidation that leads to aging, while salicylic acid adds a beta-hydroxy edge to treat blemishes. Allure, 21 July 2021 Laced with scents of citrus and blueberry, this BB is packed with active ingredients like Volcanic Rock Particles, hydroxy acids, and volcanic water to nourish, brighten, and most importantly remove blackheads. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 24 Mar. 2022 Formulated with volcanic sand, bamboo silk and alpha-hydroxy acids from lemon, orange, apple and sugar cane, this multitasking exfoliator gently sloughs off dead skin cells and debris while giving your complexion a brightening boost. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hydroxy

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydroxy

International Scientific Vocabulary, from hydroxyl

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16 May 2022

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“Hydroxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxy. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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hy·​droxy | \ hī-ˈdräk-sē How to pronounce hydroxy (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydroxy

: being or containing hydroxyl especially : containing hydroxyl in place of hydrogen often used in combination hydroxybutyric acid


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