triclosan

noun
tri·​clo·​san | \trī-ˈklō-ˌsan \

Definition of triclosan 

: a whitish crystalline powder C12H7Cl3O2 that is a phenyl ether derivative used especially as a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (as in soaps, deodorants, and mouthwash)

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In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018 In addition, these mice were slightly more likely to die of colon cancer than their counterparts whose diets and environments were triclosan-free. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Triclosan wreaks havoc on the guts of mice," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of triclosan

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triclosan

tri- + chlor- + -san (of unknown origin)

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triclosan

noun
tri·​clo·​san | \trī-ˈklō-ˌsan \

Medical Definition of triclosan 

: a whitish crystalline powder C12H7Cl3O2 used especially as a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (as in soaps, deodorants, and mouthwash)

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