disinfect

[dis-in-fekt]

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of disinfect

1590–1600; < Middle French desinfecter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + infecter to infect
Related formsdis·in·fec·tion, noundis·in·fec·tive, adjectivedis·in·fec·tor, nounre·dis·in·fect, verb (used with object)un·dis·in·fect·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disinfection

disinfect

verb

(tr) to rid of microorganisms potentially harmful to man, esp by chemical means
Derived Formsdisinfection, noundisinfector, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinfection

disinfect

v.

1590s, perhaps from French désinfecter (16c.), or formed in English from dis- + infect. Related: Disinfected; disinfecting.

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Medicine definitions for disinfection

disinfect

[dĭs′ĭn-fĕkt]

v.

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