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n. a chemical that destroys or inhibits the growth of disease-causing bacteria and other microorganisms and is sufficiently nontoxic to be applied to the skin or mucous membranes to cleanse wounds and prevent infections or to be used internally to treat infections of the intestine and bladder. Examples are cetrimide, chlorhexidine, and povidone-*iodine.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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