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benzalkonium chloride

 [ben″zal-ko´ne-um]
a quaternary ammonium compound used as a surface disinfectant and detergent, topical antiseptic, and antimicrobial preservative.
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ben·zal·ko·ni·um chlo·ride

(ben'zal-kō'nē-ŭm klōr'īd),
A mixture of alkylbenzyldimethylammonium chlorides in which the alkyls are long-chain compounds (C8 to C18); a surface-active germicide for many pathogenic nonsporulating bacteria and fungi. Aqueous solutions of this agent have a low surface tension, and possess detergent, keratolytic, and emulsifying properties that aid penetration and wetting of tissue surfaces.
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benzalkonium chloride

(bĕn′zăl-kō′nē-əm)
n.
A yellow-white powder prepared in an aqueous solution and used as a detergent, fungicide, bactericide, and spermicide.
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benzalkonium chloride

An antiseptic used in solution for skin and wound cleansing, as a means of sterilizing eye drops and contact lens solutions and as an ingredient in throat lozenges. Allergic reactions occur. Benzalkonium is included in Bradosol lozenges and, for external use only, in Conotrane, Dermol, Drapolene, Emulsiderm and Oilatum Plus.
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antiseptic 

An agent that kills or prevents the growth of bacteria. This term is generally restricted to agents that are sufficiently non-toxic for superficial application to living tissues. These include the preservatives for eye drops and contact lens solutions. Examples of antiseptics are alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, cetrimide, chlorbutanol, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, thimerosal (or thiomersalate). Other agents that are too toxic to be applied to living tissues are called disinfectants and are used to sterilize instruments and apparatus. See disinfection; ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid; neutralization; sterilization.
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