disinfect

[ dis-in-fekt ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈfɛkt /

verb (used with object)

to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.

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Origin of disinfect

1590–1600; < Middle French desinfecter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + infecter to infect

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British Dictionary definitions for disinfect

disinfect
/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈfɛkt) /

verb

(tr) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means

Derived forms of disinfect

disinfection, noundisinfector, noun
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Medical definitions for disinfect

disinfect
[ dĭs′ĭn-fĕkt ]

v.

To cleanse something so as to destroy or prevent the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.
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