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Silicone

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Silicone is a polymer of organic silicon oxides, which may be a liquid, gel, or solid, depending on how extensively the polymerization of the silicone. Silicone was formerly widely used in surgical implants, in intracorporeal tubes to conduct fluids, as dental impression material, as a grease or sealing substance, as a coating on the inside of glass vessels for blood collection, and in various ophthalmology procedures. Silicone is still used for breast implants, but sterile sodium solution is also now frequently used.[1]

[1] Drugs.com. Silicone. Accessed March 2, 2015 at http://www.drugs.com/dict/silicone.html

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