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antibacterial

[an-tee-bak-teer-ee-uh l, an-tahy-]
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adjective
  1. destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Origin of antibacterial

First recorded in 1895–1900; anti- + bacterial
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antibacterial

adjective
  1. effective against bacteria
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Word Origin and History for anti-bacterial

adj.

also antibacterial, 1875, from anti- + bacterial.

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anti-bacterial in Medicine

antibacterial

(ăn′tē-băk-tîrē-əl, ăn′tī-)
adj.
  1. Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Related formsan′ti•bac•teri•al n.
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