minoxidil

noun
mi·​nox·​i·​dil | \mə-ˈnäk-sə-ˌdil \

Definition of minoxidil 

: a peripheral vasodilator C9H15N5O used orally to treat hypertension and topically in a propylene glycol solution to promote hair regrowth in male-pattern baldness

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In addition to the prescription stuff, Dr. King says over-the-counter minoxidil, a supplement that helps slow hair loss, is also effective for some women. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "11 Ways to Get Thicker Hair," 3 Dec. 2015 Originally, minoxidil was approved to treat high blood pressure, while finasteride was intended for the treatment of an enlarged prostate. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Side effects include ... a potential treatment for baldness," 9 May 2018 Today, minoxidil is US Food and Drug Administration-approved for the treatment of both male and female pattern baldness; finasteride is FDA-approved for male pattern baldness and sometimes used off-label for hair loss in women. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Side effects include ... a potential treatment for baldness," 9 May 2018 Two drugs are currently available on the market: minoxidil, used in Rogaine, and finasteride, also known as Propecia. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "An osteoporosis drug could hold cure for baldness," 9 May 2018 Topical treatments, like over-the-counter minoxidil treatments, like Rogaine foam or Evolis, can also be used. Erin Nicole Celletti, Allure, "Here's What You Need to Know About Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Hair Loss," 1 Nov. 2017 Much of his sales come from grooming products, such as Mel Bros Co. beard growth cream (containing minoxidil, used for Rogaine) and what seemed like the most popular pomade in Tijuana, Suavecito. Phillip Molnar, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Tijuana barber shops are all the rage," 24 July 2017 Much of his sales come from grooming products, such as Mel Bros Co. beard growth cream (containing minoxidil, used for Rogaine) and what seemed like the most popular pomade in Tijuana, Suavecito. Phillip Molnar, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Tijuana barber shops are all the rage," 24 July 2017 Much of his sales come from grooming products, such as Mel Bros Co. beard growth cream (containing minoxidil, used for Rogaine) and what seemed like the most popular pomade in Tijuana, Suavecito. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why are these Tijuana barber shops are all rage with Mexican men?," 23 July 2017

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First Known Use of minoxidil

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minoxidil

perhaps from amino + oxi- (alteration of oxy-) + piperidine + -yl

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minoxidil

noun
min·​ox·​i·​dil | \min-ˈäk-sə-ˌdil \

Medical Definition of minoxidil 

: a peripheral vasodilator C9H15N5O used orally to treat hypertension and topically in a propylene glycol solution to promote hair regrowth especially in male-pattern baldness — see loniten, rogaine

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