antimicrobial

[ an-tee-mahy-kroh-bee-uh l, an-tahy‐ ]
/ ˌæn ti maɪˈkroʊ bi əl, ˌæn taɪ‐ /
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adjective

destructive to or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.

noun

an antimicrobial agent, as a drug.

Nearby words

  1. antimension,
  2. antimensium,
  3. antimere,
  4. antimetabole,
  5. antimetabolite,
  6. antimilitant,
  7. antimissile,
  8. antimissile missile,
  9. antimitotic,
  10. antimonarchist

Origin of antimicrobial

First recorded in 1900–05; anti- + microbial

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British Dictionary definitions for antimicrobial

antimicrobial

/ (ˌæntɪmaɪˈkrəʊbɪəl) /

adjective

capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of disease-causing microbes
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Medicine definitions for antimicrobial

antimicrobial

[ ăn′tē-mī-krōbē-əl, ăn′tī- ]

adj.

Tending to destroy microbes, prevent their development, or inhibit their pathogenic action.

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