- to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.
Origin of disinfect
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- (tr) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means
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Word Origin and History for disinfected
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- To cleanse something so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.
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