Antibacterial
Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability to reproduce. Heat, chemicals (chlorine), and antibiotic drugs all have antibacterial properties.
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Destructive to or preventing the growth of bacteria.

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an·ti·bac·te·ri·al .ant-i-bak-'tir-ē-əl, .an-.tī- adj directed or effective against bacteria
antibacterial n an antibacterial agent

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adj.
describing an antibiotic that is active against bacteria.

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an·ti·bac·te·ri·al (an″te-) (an″ti-bak-tērґe-əl) 1. destroying or suppressing the growth or reproduction of bacteria. Cf. bactericidal and bacteriostatic. 2. a substance that destroys or suppresses the growth or reproduction of bacteria.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • antibacterial — [an΄tī bak tir′ē əl; an΄tēbak tir′ē əl, an΄tibak tir′ē əl] adj. that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth n. any antibacterial drug or medicine …   English World dictionary

  • Antibacterial — An ti*bac*te ri*al, a. (Med.) (a) killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria; applied also to serum for protection against bacterial diseases. (b) Opposed to the bacterial theory of disease. [archaic] [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Antibacterial — An ti*bac*te ri*al, n. (Med.) a chemical substance which kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Antibacterial — Contents 1 History 2 Indications 3 Pharmacodynamics 4 Classe …   Wikipedia

  • antibacterial — 1. adjective Killing or inhibiting bacteria This drug has an antibacterial effect. 2. noun A drug having the effect of killing or inhibiting bacteria. Many household products contain antibacterials. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • antibacterial — adj. Antibacterial is used with these nouns: ↑soap …   Collocations dictionary

  • antibacterial — I noun any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth • Syn: ↑antibacterial drug, ↑bactericide • Derivationally related forms: ↑bactericidal (for: ↑bactericide) …   Useful english dictionary

  • antibacterial — /an tee bak tear ee euhl, an tuy /, adj. destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. [1895 1900; ANTI + BACTERIAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • antibacterial — adj. against bacteria …   English contemporary dictionary

  • antibacterial — adjective active against bacteria …   English new terms dictionary

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