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disinfectant

[ dis-in-fek-tuhnt ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈfɛk tənt /
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noun

any chemical agent used chiefly on inanimate objects to destroy or inhibit the growth of harmful organisms.

adjective

serving as a disinfectant.

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Origin of disinfectant

1830–40; <French désinfectant, noun use of present participle of désinfecter, Middle French. See disinfect, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for disinfectant

disinfectant
/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈfɛktənt) /

noun

an agent that destroys or inhibits the activity of microorganisms that cause disease
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Medical definitions for disinfectant

disinfectant
[ dĭs′ĭn-fĕktənt ]

n.

An agent, such as heat, radiation, or a chemical, that disinfects by destroying, neutralizing, or inhibiting the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms.

adj.

Serving to disinfect.
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