minoxidil

noun
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 Women can also use minoxidil to counter hair-thinning caused by androgenetic alopecia. New York Times, "She Was Losing Fistfuls of Hair. What Was Causing It?," 3 Feb. 2020 As health minister Maria Luisa Carcedo explained to reporters Wednesday, staff accidentally put minoxidil—the active ingredient in Rogaine—into containers marked as the heartburn treatment omeprazole. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Medication Mix-Up Leaves 17 Children Suffering From ‘Werewolf Syndrome’," 31 Aug. 2019 One is minoxidil, a scalp cream sold as Rogaine, among other brands; another is a pill called finasteride, sold as Propecia. New York Times, "She Was Losing Fistfuls of Hair. What Was Causing It?," 3 Feb. 2020 The first one, minoxidil, is available in liquid or foam form at 2 and 5 percent concentrations, Dr. Bridges says. Dina Cheney, SELF, "8 Ways to Make Thinning Hair Shiny and Full Again," 13 Dec. 2019 Many doctors recommend that Finasteride, a pill taken orally, and minoxidil, which is applied to the skin, be taken together. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patchy success for most baldness treatments," 26 Aug. 2019 Mirmirani emphasized that hair transplantations are permanent treatments, but recipients must continue such medications as minoxidil and Finasteride. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patchy success for most baldness treatments," 26 Aug. 2019 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 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

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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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The first known use of minoxidil was in 1970

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17 May 2020

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“Minoxidil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minoxidil. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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minoxidil

noun
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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