Glutaraldehyde, sold under the brandname Cidex and Glutaral among others, is a disinfectant, medication, preservative, and fixative. As a disinfectant, it is used to sterilize surgical instruments and other areas of hospitals. Glutaraldehyde 24% Aqueous Solution is a chemical disinfectant commonly used in healthcare settings to sterilize medical equipment and surfaces. It is also used in industrial applications such as water treatment and as a preservative in the manufacture of vaccines. This solution is effective against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is important to follow proper safety protocols when handling this solution due to its potential irritant and toxic properties.