Definition of hexachlorophene in English:

hexachlorophene

noun

  • A white, odorless compound used as an antibacterial agent. Chem. formula: (C₆HCl₃OH)₂CH₂

    • ‘Disinfect hands and boots with a good surface disinfectant e.g. iodophors, hexachlorophenes (Hibitane, or other chlorhexidine disinfectant) or phenols (Polyphen Polyphenolic Microbiocide)’
    • ‘Antiseptics, such as hexachlorophenes, chlorhexidines, centrimedes, benzylchonium chloride, or mercury laurel, should e used only to disinfect the skin.’
    • ‘The FDA published a final order in 37 FR 20160, September 27, 1972 making 3% hexachlorophene available only by prescription and designating it as unsafe for OTC distribution.’
    • ‘EHV - 1 is susceptible to a wide range of disinfectants such as iodophors, hexachlorophenes or phenols.’
    • ‘Once widely used in over-the-counter products, hexachlorophene is now prescription-only, after overdose incidents in infants in France in the 1970s.’

Pronunciation:

hexachlorophene

/ˌheksəˈklôrəfēn/