- to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.
Origin of disinfect
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Examples from the Web for disinfect
The tub used in the birth was not approved for medical use and is difficult to disinfect.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
They informed her that a hazmat company would be coming through shortly to disinfect the area, both inside the building and out.Dallas: A Journal of the Plague City
October 17, 2014
Let us go down into these dens of moral disease and disinfect them.The Christian
To disinfect the nose, a solution of Glyco-Thymoline is suitable.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
We cannot disinfect the fly nor make him wipe his feet, but we can exterminate him utterly!Preventable Diseases
How long does it take to disinfect itself of these minor impurities?The Gilded Age, Complete
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
The first and most important thing was to disinfect the ship.A Floating Home
- (tr) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means
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Word Origin and History for disinfect
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cleanse something so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.
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