bi·​gua·​nide (ˈ)bī-ˈgwän-ˌīd, -əd How to pronounce biguanide (audio)
: a strong base C2H7N5 that is soluble in water and alcohol
also : any of various derivatives of this base including some (such as chlorhexidine) that are used as antiseptic and disinfecting agents and others (such as metformin) that are used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes see proguanil

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“Biguanide.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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