Definition of cetrimide in English:



mass noun
  • A synthetic detergent and antiseptic which is a quaternary ammonium compound derived from cetane.

    • ‘The activity of the peroxidases was measured in 200 mM sodium acetate buffer pH 5.4 containing 1.4 mM 3,3, '5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine as the reducing substrate, 200 M hydrogen peroxide, 0.3% cetrimide, and 10% dimethylformamide.’
    • ‘To the best of our knowledge, skin necrosis of this nature by cetrimide has not been reported in a neonate.’
    • ‘Two thirds of gluten protein is in the form of glutenins, which are insoluble in ethyl alcohol but soluble in a mixture of ethanoic acid, urea, and cetrimide.’


1940s: from cet(yl)trim(ethylammonium brom)ide.