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an antibacterial compound used in antimicrobial skin cleansers for surgical scrub, preoperative skin preparation, and cleansing skin wounds.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A disinfectant agent widely used in surgery for preoperative skin cleansing and for sterilizing instruments by soakage. The drug is on the WHO official list. A brand name is Hibitane.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


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.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann


A bis-biguanide useful as a topical antiseptic. The gluconate form is used as an oral rinse to inhibit oral bacteria in some conditions.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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The spectrum of organisms growing as contaminants on use of toothbrushes in the different storage conditions and effect of the Chlorhexidine gluconate 0.2 % is being shown in table 1.
mutans were sensitive against several active substances containing in commercial mouthwash such as chlorhexidine gluconate, mixture of thymol, eukaliptol, menthol, and methyl salicylate, and povidone-iodine at minimal concentration 0.5%.
Cost-benefit analysis of chlorhexidine gluconate dressing in the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Similarly, the common side effects of chlorhexidine gluconate were staining of tongue and dental fillings and soreness of oral mucosa.24-25 These effects are comparatively mild, local and easy to manage.
Conclusion: Chlorhexidine gluconate was associated with lower infection rates compared to povidone-iodine; but it was not statistically significant.
In this case the reduction in infection rates could be due to alcohol alone, rather than the independent variable of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Traditional methods of surgical hand antisepsis involve the use of a brush and sponge with either chlorhexidine gluconate 4% or povidone iodine 10%.
Oral rinses containing chlorhexidine gluconate exert antibacterial effects for up to 48 hours and are recommended--with your vet's consent, of course.
Chlorhexidine gluconate has been available to dentists for years.