Meaning of minoxidil in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈnɒksɪdɪl/


mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic drug which is used as a vasodilator in the treatment of hypertension, and is also used in lotions to promote hair growth.

    ‘The mechanism of action by which minoxidil promotes hair growth is unknown, but it appears to act at the level of the hair follicle.’
    • ‘In one study of patients who had 25 to 99 percent loss of scalp hair, treatment with topical 5 percent minoxidil produced cosmetically acceptable hair growth in about 40 percent of patients after one year.’
    • ‘The latest rage in baldness nostrums was the drug minoxidil, sold under the label Rogaine.’
    • ‘Your doctor might also have you apply minoxidil solution, a steroid cream or lotion, or anthralin cream (brand name: Psoriatec).’
    • ‘Topical steroids, minoxidil and anthralin have also been used.’


1970s from amino+ oxide + -dil (perhaps representing dilate).