- An antibacterial; formerly widely used in soaps and detergents to inhibit bacterial growth; excessive use causes neurologic lesions; currently limited use. SYN: hexachlorophane.
* * *hexa·chlo·ro·phene -'klōr-ə-.fēn, -'klȯr- n a powdered phenolic bacteria-inhibiting agent C13Cl6H6O2
* * *n.a disinfectant similar to phenol, used in the form of dusting powder for the prevention and treatment of staphylococcal skin infections. Trade name: Ster-Zac Powder.
* * *hexa·chlo·ro·phene (hek″sə-klorґo-fēn) [USP] an antibacterial effective against gram-positive organisms; used as a topical anti-infective and detergent, mainly in soaps and dermatological preparations, and in veterinary medicine to combat flukes in poultry and ruminants.
Medical dictionary. 2011.