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antibacterial

[ an-tee-bak-teer-ee-uhl, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn ti bækˈtɪər i əl, ˌæn taɪ- /
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adjective

destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria: a full line of antibacterial hand lotions, deodorants, and foot powders.

noun

an antibacterial product, as a hand or dish soap, a mouthwash, an aerosol cleaner, or an antibiotic: Sorry, but none of these antibacterials is going to kill your cold virus.

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Origin of antibacterial

First recorded in 1895–1900; anti- + bacterial
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British Dictionary definitions for antibacterial

antibacterial
/ (ˌæntɪbækˈtɪərɪəl) /

adjective

effective against bacteria
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Medical definitions for antibacterial

antibacterial
[ ăn′tē-băk-tîrē-əl, ăn′tī- ]

adj.

Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Other words from antibacterial

an′ti•bac•teri•al n.
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