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Definition of "hydroquinone" [hy•dro•qui•none]

  • A white crystalline compound, C6H4(OH)2, used as a photographic developer, an antioxidant, a stabilizer, and a reagent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hydroquinone" in a sentence
  • "Nail salons overflow with potent toxins; the women who work in them are overwhelmingly nonwhite, often Asian, with an average age of thirty-eight—which means many are of childbearing age.125 The skin-whitening products so popular in Asia frequently contain a carcinogen called hydroquinone, as well as the heavy metals chromium and mercury.126 And the hair relaxers aggressively marketed to African-American women are very toxic."
  • "It turns out this kind of hydroquinone discussions are actually"
  • "A: Superficial chemical peels or using a topical lightening agent such as hydroquinone, retinoid, AHA, glycolic acid, etc, are other ways to treat your condition."