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antimicrobial

[an-tee-mahy-kroh-bee-uh l, an-tahy‐]Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology
adjective
  1. destructive to or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
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noun
  1. an antimicrobial agent, as a drug.
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Origin of antimicrobial

First recorded in 1900–05; anti- + microbial
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antimicrobial

adjective
  1. capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microbes
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antimicrobial in Medicine

antimicrobial

(ăn′tē-mī-krōbē-əl, ăn′tī-)
adj.
  1. Tending to destroy microbes, prevent their development, or inhibit their pathogenic action.
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