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Antimicrobial compound first patented in 1954 by ICI. Chlorohexidine products were initially used as oral antiseptic mouthwashess to prevent gum diseases. Later non-dental markets used the solutions as general antimicrobial soaps.

Synonyms and Related Terms


- diacetate salt: Nolvasan; Chlorasept 2000

- digluconate salt: Sterilon; Chlorhexamed; Bacticlens; Hibident; pHiso-Med; Peridex, Periogard, Chlorohex, Corsody

Composition C22H30Cl2N10
CAS 55-56-1
Melting Point 134
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 505.48

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 2057

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