benzalkonium-chloride

benzalkonium chloride

[ben-zal-koh-nee-uhm]
noun Chemistry.
a white or yellowish-white, water-soluble mixture of ammonium chloride derivatives having the structure C 8 H 10 NRCl, where R is a mixture of radicals ranging from C 8 H 17 – to C 18 H 37 –, that occurs as an amorphous powder or in gelatinous lumps: used chiefly as an antiseptic and a disinfectant.

Origin:
benz- + alk(yl) + (amm)onium

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benzalkonium chloride benz·al·ko·ni·um chloride (běn'zāl-kō'nē-əm)
n.
A powder prepared in an aqueous solution and used as a fungicide, bactericide, and spermicide.

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benzalkonium chloride   (běn'zāl-kō'nē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
A yellow-white powder prepared in an aqueous solution and used as a detergent, fungicide, bactericide, and spermicide. Benzalkonium chloride is a mixture of the chlorides of various organic compounds having a benzene ring attached to an ammoniated alkane.
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