mi·​nox·​i·​dil | \ mə-ˈnäk-sə-ˌdil How to pronounce minoxidil (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Still, the oral finasteride is the current gold standard in terms of significantly slowing hair recession, while aiding minoxidil in restoring fuller, stronger hair around the crown. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2022 Engelman frequently recommends minoxidil to her patients. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2022 Overwhelmingly, all our experts recommended 5% minoxidil as the best treatment for Male Pattern Hair Loss. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 22 Apr. 2022 The trial lasted six months and participants used either rosemary oil or minoxidil to treat AGA. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Those treatments may include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), topical minoxidil, and exosome therapy. Marci Robin, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 Some women are able to see improvements in hair density by using minoxidil, although improvements can disappear if the hair-growth product is discontinued, Guttman said. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 The study compared the effect of rosemary oil to that of Rogaine (2 percent minoxidil) on 100 subjects. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 21 Jan. 2022 The most effective, lasting results will always be from the prescriptive or procedural methods (including the over-the-counter minoxidil drops or spray). Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minoxidil. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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min·​ox·​i·​dil | \ min-ˈäk-sə-ˌdil How to pronounce minoxidil (audio) \

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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