One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic compound used as a mild antiseptic.
- ‘Antiseptics, including chlorhexidine, triclosan, and povidone-iodine, can be used as creams or lotions, soap substitutes, and bath additives.’
- ‘The physical action of washing hands under such circumstances is recommended because alcohols, chlorhexidine, iodophors, and other antiseptic agents have poor activity against spores.’
- ‘He or she may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash such as chlorhexidine (eg Corsodyl) that helps prevent plaque forming.’
- ‘Antiseptic mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine may be used as a short term measure to chemically control plaque but they are not suitable to use for longer than one month.’
- ‘We have no evidence to support the therapeutic value of disinfecting agents such as chlorhexidine or povidone-iodine.’
Mid 20th century: from chlor- (representing chlorine) + hex(ane) + -id(e) + (am)ine.
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