Silicones

Silicones
ATC Code A03AX13, V04CZ09
Formula RnSiO(4–n)/2

Basics

Silicone is a synthetic polymer composed of silicon, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. It is known for its durability and flexibility, which makes it useful for a variety of applications. In medicine, silicone is used in a wide range of devices and products.

Applications

One of the main applications of silicone in medicine is in the manufacture of medical devices such as catheters, implants and prostheses. This is because silicone is biocompatible and inert, meaning it does not cause adverse reactions in the body. In addition, silicone can be sterilized without damaging the material, which is critical for medical devices that require multiple sterilizations.

Silicone is also used in medical adhesives, surgical lubricants and wound dressings. This is because silicone has the ability to retain moisture and maintain a moist environment, which can be beneficial for wound healing. In addition, silicone is often used for breast implants and other cosmetic procedures because it can mimic the natural feel and movement of human tissue.

It was first developed in the 1940s and 1950s by researchers looking for a material that could be used to replace rubber.

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Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter
Author

Markus Falkenstätter is a writer on pharmaceutical topics in Medikamio's medical editorial team. He is in the last semester of his pharmacy studies at the University of Vienna and loves scientific work in the field of natural sciences.

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer
Lector

Stefanie Lehenauer has been a freelance writer for Medikamio since 2020 and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. She works as a pharmacist in Vienna and her passion is herbal medicines and their effects.

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