[an-tee-mahy-kroh-bee-uh l, an-tahy‐]Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology
- destructive to or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.
- an antimicrobial agent, as a drug.
Origin of antimicrobial
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Contemporary Examples of antimicrobial
“Oil is antimicrobial and gets into the tissues of the mouth to inhibit bacterial growth,” says Caldecott.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
- capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microbes
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- Tending to destroy microbes, prevent their development, or inhibit their pathogenic action.
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