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Glossary of Antiseptic and Disinfectant Agents

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Acid
A compound that yields hydrogen ions when dissociated in solution.
Aldehyde
Any of a large catagory of organic compounds derived from a corresponding alcohol by the removal of two hydrogen atoms, as in the conversion of ethyl alcohol to acetaldehyde
Antiseptic
A substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms without necessarily killing them.
Benzyl
A substance used as a topical antiseptic, keratolytic, antiseborrheic, and mild irritant to treat acne.
Community-acquired infection
An infection acquired from the environment, including infections acquired indirectly through the use of medications.
Disinfectant
A chemical applied to nonliving objects to destroy microoganisms.
Hexachlorophene
A topical antiinfective and detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
A topical antiinfective
Nosocomial infection
An infection acquired at least 72 hours after hospitalization, often caused by Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, hepatitis viruses, herpes zoster virus, Pseudomonas organisms, or Staphylococcus spp.; also called hospital-acquired infections.
Resorcinol
An antiseptic used as a keratolytic agent in the treatment of dermatoses. It is also used in dyes and pharmaceuticals and as a chemical intermediate .
Topical antimocrobials
A substance applied to any surface that either kills the microorganisms or inhibits their growth or replication.
Topical antimocrobials
A substance applied to any surface that either kills the microorganisms or inhibits their growth or replication.

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