- any chemical agent used chiefly on inanimate objects to destroy or inhibit the growth of harmful organisms.
- serving as a disinfectant.
Origin of disinfectant
Examples from the Web for disinfectant
The infection can—with copious amounts of disinfectant (bleach) and meticulous attention to detail—end there.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
He stitched me up quickly, using a can of 7UP as disinfectant.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
Jacob Mchangama argues that, for Akkari, the Danish tradition of free speech acted as a disinfectant.The Repentant Radical
September 17, 2013
“Students should be focusing on books not disinfectant and cleaning the bathroom,” she says.Confessions of an Ivy League Cleaning Lady
May 11, 2011
The place has that particular bar perfume of disinfectant and stale spilled beer.Max Fish, Lost At Sea
Joshua David Stein
July 17, 2010
For only the Gentiles were allowed to receive the disinfectant.The Promised Land
A Disinfectant is an agent which destroys germs of infection.
A disinfectant is therefore an antiseptic, but an antiseptic may not be a disinfectant.
A deodorant is not necessarily a disinfectant, nor is every disinfectant a deodorant.
Empty and wash them immediately, and keep some disinfectant in them.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- an agent that destroys or inhibits the activity of microorganisms that cause disease
Word Origin and History for disinfectant
1837, from French désinfectant (1816), noun use of present participle of désinfecter (see disinfect). From 1875 as an adjective.
- An agent, such as heat, radiation, or a chemical, that disinfects by destroying, neutralizing, or inhibiting the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.
- Serving to disinfect.