[ an-tee-bak-teer-ee-uhl, an-tahy- ]
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  1. destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria: a full line of antibacterial hand lotions, deodorants, and foot powders.

  1. 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

Words Nearby antibacterial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for antibacterial


/ (ˌæntɪbækˈtɪərɪəl) /

  1. effective against bacteria

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