the prevention of the further growth of bacteria.

Origin of bacteriostasis

First recorded in 1910–15; bacterio- + stasis
Related formsbac·te·ri·o·stat·ic [bak-teer-ee-uh-stat-ik] /bækˌtɪər i əˈstæt ɪk/, adjectivebac·te·ri·o·stat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bacteriostatic


noun plural -stases (-ˈsteɪsiːz, -ˈstæsiːz)

inhibition of the growth and reproduction of bacteria, esp by the action of a chemical agent
Derived Formsbacteriostatic (bækˌtɪərɪəʊˈstætɪk), adjectivebacteriostatically, adverb
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