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Boric acid is a/an?
1. Germicide
2. Antibiotic
3. Strong antiseptic
4. Mild antiseptic

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Mild antiseptic

The correct answer is Mild antiseptic.

  • Boric Acid is a weak acid with mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

  • Boric Acid
    • Molecular Formula- BH3O3or H3BO3 or B(OH)3 
    • It is used in the treatment of yeast infections and cold sores.
    • Very dilute solutions of boric acid can be used for eyewash.
    • It can also be used for the treatment of acne in humans.
    • It can also be used in powder form to prevent the athlete's foot (tinea pedis).
    • Preparation of Boric Acid-  reaction of borax with any mineral acid (like HCl, Sulfuric acid etc.)
    • Reaction- Na2B4O7.10H2O + 2HCl → 4H3BO3 + 5H2O + 2NaCl

  •  A germicide destroys or inactivates pathogens (such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi).
  • An antiseptic is a substance that stops or slows down the growth of microorganisms.
    • They are frequently used on cuts and wounds to prevent them from getting infected.
    • Some examples are Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Chloroxylenol, Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibiotics or antibacterials are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria.
    • Some examples are Penicillins, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Amoxicillin/Clavulanate, Clindamycin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin.

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