quaternary ammonium compound

noun

Definition of quaternary ammonium compound 

: any of numerous strong bases and their salts derived from ammonium by replacement of the hydrogen atoms with organic radicals and important especially as surface-active agents, disinfectants, and drugs

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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quaternary ammonium compound

noun

Medical Definition of quaternary ammonium compound 

: any of numerous strong bases and their salts derived from ammonium by replacement of the hydrogen atoms with organic radicals and important especially as surface-active agents, disinfectants, and drugs

called also quat, quaternary

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