One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic detergent and antiseptic which is a quaternary ammonium compound derived from cetane.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: from cet(yl)trim(ethylammonium brom)ide.
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