See also: triclosán
- (organic chemistry) A widely used wide-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal agent, with molecular formula C12H7Cl3O2, which works by disrupting the growth of microbes, rather than actively killing them.
2007 September 19, Bloomberg News, “F.D.A. Warns Procter on Hand Sanitizer Advertising”, in New York Times:
- While the active ingredient in the Vicks product, triclosan, is covered under F.D.A. regulations for certain antiseptic uses, that does not include P.& G.’s directions that users should leave the sanitizer on their hands, without rinsing with water, according to the letter.