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hydrogen peroxide

 

Definition: an unstable compound readily broken down to water and oxygen, a reaction catalyzed by various powdered metals and by the enzyme, catalase; a 3% solution is used as a mild antiseptic for skin and mucous membranes.

Synonym(s): hydrogen dioxide, hydroperoxide

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