minoxidil

noun

mi·​nox·​i·​dil mə-ˈnäk-sə-ˌdil How to pronounce minoxidil (audio)
: a peripheral vasodilator C9H15N5O used orally to treat hypertension and topically in a propylene glycol solution to promote hair regrowth in male-pattern baldness

Examples of minoxidil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the evidence for significant regrowth is limited, certain ingredients have shown promise in scientific studies, including ketoconazole, saw palmetto, biotin, and minoxidil. Iman Balagam, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 The researchers did not ask how quickly those pharmacies could restock their minoxidil supply. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 Because minoxidil is relatively safe, it's considered a good treatment choice for young children. Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 27 Jan. 2024 When compared to the other group that used hair-growth drug minoxidil, rosemary oil had similar levels of efficacy. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 11 Dec. 2023 Taken by mouth, however, minoxidil can stimulate hair growth anywhere on the body, including the chin and arms. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 Addressing minoxidil shortages The apparent problem with accessing oral minoxidil — which is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat hair loss — may be regional rather than nationwide. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 30 Oct. 2023 Generally speaking, the pros recommend reaching looking for ingredients like minoxidil, peptides, biotin, caffeine, rosemary, ginger root, red leaf clover, and basil leaf to promote a healthy hair growth cycle. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023 Some of the most popular products with minoxidil include Rogaine and Nioxin. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minoxidil was in 1970

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“Minoxidil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minoxidil. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

minoxidil

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