bacteriostat

[ bak-teer-ee-uh-stat ]
/ bækˈtɪər i əˌstæt /

noun

a substance or preparation that inhibits the further growth of bacteria.

Nearby words

  1. bacteriopsonin,
  2. bacteriorhodopsin,
  3. bacterioscopy,
  4. bacteriosis,
  5. bacteriostasis,
  6. bacteriotoxin,
  7. bacterium,
  8. bacteriuria,
  9. bacterize,
  10. bacteroid

Origin of bacteriostat

First recorded in 1915–20; bacterio- + -stat

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British Dictionary definitions for bacteriostat

bacteriostat

/ (bækˈtɪərɪəʊˌstæt) /

noun

any substance that arrests the growth or reproduction of bacteria but does not kill them
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Medicine definitions for bacteriostat

bacteriostat

[ băk-tîē-ə-stăt′ ]

n.

An agent, such as a chemical, that inhibits bacterial growth.
Related formsbac•te′ri•o•static (-stătĭk) adj.


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