Meaning of hydroquinone in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪdrəˈkwɪnəʊn/


mass nounChemistry
  • A crystalline compound made by the reduction of benzoquinone.

    Alternative name: benzene-1,4-diol; chemical formula: C₆H₄(OH)₂

    ‘The creams often contain dangerously high amounts of hydroquinone, a depigmenting chemical that can be harmful or fatal in large doses.’
    • ‘Bleaching agents include hydroquinone, which is available in 2 to 4 percent creams and gels.’
    • ‘Cosmetic improvement has been reported with laser therapy or topical treatment with tretinoin or hydroquinone.’
    • ‘A similar explanation might account for the failure to detect the genotoxicity of hydroquinone.’
    • ‘This may be due to the reaction products that are formed when hydroquinone is present.’