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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quat′ernary ammo′nium com`pound(n.)

  1. any of a class of salts derived from ammonium in which the nitrogen atom is attached to four organic groups; used as antiseptics and disinfectants.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of quaternary ammonium compound:

1815–25

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quaternary ammonium compound(noun)

    a compound derived from ammonium with hydrogen atoms replaced by organic groups; used as surface-active agents, disinfectants, and in drugs

Wiktionary

  1. quaternary ammonium compound(Noun)

    An amine derivative, containing four radicals, of general formula RRRR-NX; the radicals may be the same, different, or part of a ring; X is any univalent cation such as OH.

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